Chem 260: Thermodynamics, Equilibria, and Kinetics (Spring 2020) Class Schedule
The schedule below outlines each day's main topic(s) along with reading assignments and suggested end-of-chapter problems from the textbook, and additional essays that cover topics not included in the textbook. Unit exams are shown in bold. An extra day is built into each unit to allow us time to catch-up if we need to devote additional time to a topic.
In which we develop an understanding of why some reactions are favorable and other reactions are unfavorable, and in which we learn how to predict if a reaction is favorable and how that favorability is affected by temperature and the composition of the reaction mixture.
February 5: a second look at enthalpy - atom combinations and the importance of state functions
February 7: a third look at enthalpy - heats of formation
problems: 9.55, 59, 61, 69, 81
February 10: where did all the heat go - entropy
problems: 12.13, 15, 17, 25
February 12: what makes a reaction favorable - free energy
problems: 12.31, 33, 35, 37
February 14: driving an unfavorable reaction
February 17: thermodynamics of redox reactions
problems: 16.23, 27
February 19: catch-up and review for first unit exam
Friday, February 21: first unit exam
Unit II: Equilibrium Chemistry
In which we learn to predict the composition of a system when it reaches a state of equilibrium and in which we apply this to systems of acid-base reactions, solubility reactions, and/or complexation reactions.
February 24: thermodynamics and equilbria
read: 12.4, 13.1-2
problems: 13.9, 15, 17
February 26: general approaches to solving equilibrium problems