Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2024Year School/Graduate School School of Engineering
Lecture Code K7108030 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 物理化学演習
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Exercises in Physical Chemistry
フクオカ ヒロシ,ツノジ ナオ,イマトウ ケイイチ,タルタニ ナオキ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 3rd-Year,  Second Semester,  4Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (4T) Mon3-4,Thur1-2:ENG 117
Lesson Style Seminar Lesson Style
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Credits 1.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction B : Japanese/English
Course Level 3 : Undergraduate High-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 25 : Science and Technology
Course Area(Discipline) 07 : Chemistry
Eligible Students Undergraduate students in their third year (or higher)
Keywords Thermodynamic laws, Phase equilibrium, Chemical equilibrium, Reaction rates, Rate orders, Quantum theory, Atomic structures, Molecular structures 
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In this course, students will learn more and develop understanding about physical chemistry on the basis of what the students have already learned in the fundamental subjects (courses: Quantum chemistry I, Quantum chemistry II, Physical chemistry I, Physical chemistry II, Inorganic chemistry, Chemical kinetics). Taking the course of Quantum chemistry III is recommended together with this course.  
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Program of Applied Chemistry
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・Wide range of basic knowledge on liberal arts and specialized education, and professional basic knowledge on chemistry.
・Advanced technical knowledge of applied chemistry.
・The conception ability based on logical thinking supported by basic and technical knowledge.
(Abilities and Skills)
・Creativity to solve various problems related to applied chemistry utilizing acquired knowledge and skills
・Socially acceptable sense of moral and designing ability of research and development, which allow demonstrating the ability to solve issues as a researcher ・engineer.
(Comprehensive Abilities)
・Self-motivating and continuous learning ability
・Attitudes actively trying to take multiple approaches for solving problems as an independent researcher or engineer utilizing the following items: information collection, skill improvement, development of research methods, analysis and understanding of research outcomes and results. 
Class Objectives
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To understand Chemical phenomena deeply, fundamental knowledge and understanding of physical chemistry are essentially required. In this course, through solving practice problems (exercises), students will learn much about thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, and quantum chemistry as the important parts of “physical chemistry”. The objective in this course is to acquire the following knowledge and ability.    

1. Able to understand the concept of the energy preservation law and states quantities, and calculate the thermodynamic properties in terms of those.
2. Able to understand the entropy and calculate entropy changes.  
3. Able to understand the concept of chemical potentials.  
4. Able to calculate the properties in terms of the phase equilibrium and chemical equilibrium.
5. Able to understand the evaluation of reaction rates and determine the reaction orders and rate constants.
6. Able to understand the meaning of the steady-state approximation and apply it in solving problrms.
7. Able to understand necessity of the quantum mechanics and solve the wave equations for simple systems.
8. Able to understand the structures of hydrogenic atoms and many electron atoms.    
9. Able to understand molecular orbital theory and make approximate calculations for small molecules using the theory. 
Class Schedule Lesson1: Thermodynamics, part 1: Energy conservation law and thermochemistry (Chap.2).
Lesson2: Thermodynamics, part 2: Calculating entropy changes, free-energies (Chap.3).
Lesson3: Thermodynamics, part 3: Chemical potential (Chaps. 3,5).
Lesson4: Thermodynamics, part 4: Phase equilibrium (Chaps. 4,5).
Lesson5: Thermodynamics, part 5: Phase diagrams and chemical equilibrium (Chemical equilibrium) (Chaps. 5,6).
Lesson6: Thermodynamics, part 6: Chemical equilibrium (Le Chaterier's principle in terms of pressures and temperatures) (Chap.6).
Lesson7: Chemical kinetics, part 1: Molecular motion in gas phases and determination of rate laws (reaction rate, reaction order, and half-life time) (Chaps.1,20).
Lesson8: Chemical kinetics, part 2: Temperature dependence of rate constants, Stepwise reactions, and steady-state approximation(Chap.20).
Lesson9: Chemical kinetics, part 3: Enzyme reactions etc.(Chap.20).
Lesson10: Quantum chemistry, part 1: Normalization, eigenvalues,  and expectation values (Chap.7).
Lesson11: Quantum chemistry, part 2: Quantization of translational, rotational, and vibrational motions (Chap.8).
Lesson12: Quantum chemistry, part 3: Structures of hydrogenic atoms and many-electron atoms (Chap.9).
Lesson13: Quantum chemistry, part 4: Spectra of complex atoms (Chap.9).
Lesson14: Quantum chemistry, part 5: Born-Oppenheimer approximation and the electronic structure of diatomic molecules(Chap. 10).
Lesson15: Quantum chemistry, part 6: Molecular orbital theory (Hückel approximation) (Chap.10). 
Atkins' Physical Chemistry, 10th edition, Chapters 1-10, 20 (Japanese-language version) 
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Enough preparation and review of each class are necessary because many contents are taught in each class. 
Requirements Students are required to attend all lectures and take  short-tests including short reports. 
Grading Method Points for all the short-tests, weekly class attendance, and one's attitude in attending the class. A total point of 60 and above is accepted as passable.
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Message As a math short-test is conducted in the beginning of Lessen 1, never be late to the class.  
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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