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Unformatted text preview: CHE 301 Fall, 2011 (Syllabus) Stony Brook University
Department of Chemistry Syllabus CHE 301
This course is the first half of a two-semester overview of modern physical chemistry, introducing
students to the quantitative study of microscopic and macroscopic chemical systems. We focus mainly on the
fundamental thermodynamics, but also briefly go over introductory quantum chemistry and statistical
Lecture: Jiangyong Jia, Christian Burger;
Mon., Wed., Fri., Engineering 143 10:40-11:35 AM
Fri. Engineering 143, 12:50-2:10PM. Office Hours: Jiangyong Jia Chem. Rm 461 Wed. 6:00-7:00pm or by appointment
Christian Burger Chem Rm 423
TA: Damian Reynolds 463 Rm 312, TBD
Please either make a commitment to stay in the course, or drop the course by the end of the third
week (Sep. 15th).
This is a two semester course is intended for Junior or Senior students who have background in
Calculus/Physics and are interested in quantitative study of the problems in chemistry. Those students
who want a complete overview of the field, but less calculation-demanding physical chemistry course,
should consider taking CHE312, which is a one semester physical chemistry course offered in the spring
1. “Atkins’ Physical Chemistry 9th Ed. Peter Atkins and Julio de Paula. W.H. Freemanl,”
The core material is Chapters 1-6 and 20.
Or Chapters 1-7 and 21 for 8th Edition.
2. “Student's Solutions Manual to accompany "Atkins' "Physical Chemistry"
It contains the detailed solution for list B problems in the textbook.
3. Lecture notes and other reading materials. These will be posted on blackboard as time goes by..
We will have 2 or 3 mid-exams, depending on the need, the tentative dates for the mid-exams are
(1) Wed (Friday schedule)Sep 28. 12:50-2:10 PM, Chapter 1,2, 20 (or 1,2,21 for 8th edition)
(2) Fri. Nov. 4, 12:50 - 2:10 PM, TBA. Chapter 3,4,5.1-5.5 (or 3,4,5 for 8th edition)
(3) Fri. Dec. 2, 12:50 - 2:10 PM, TBA. Chapter 5.6-5.13, 6 (or 6,7 for 8th edition)
Final: “To be assigned”
All tests and the final are closed book and no notes. A formula sheet will be provided for each
test, and a copy will be available approximately one week before the test on the class web page.
You are allowed to use pen or pencil, eraser, and calculator (see above). Everything else,
including cell phones which must be turned off, must be placed under the seat. No make-up tests.
You must take all tests and the final, unless you have a verifiable, legitimate reason for missing a
test, e.g., a doctor’s note. Otherwise, your score for the missed test or final will be a zero.
Homeworks & quizzes
Final : 30%
: 40% Weekly Quizzes:
Open book and notes quiz, every Monday, during the last 15 min. of the lecture, to be handed at
the end of the class. Bring calculators! These quizzes will be graded, and will have a weight on the final
There are no shortcuts. To learn P.Chem., you must practice problem-solving. It is impossible to
learn by osmosis (e.g., watching me work problems, hearing about problems from your friends, thinking
about problems while watching TV, etc.). Many have tried, all have failed. One thing is absolutely
certain, your exam performance will reflect your knowledge of the material covered in this course and
therefore will be closely related to the effort and time you invest in problem solving before the exam.
Homework problems will be posted on the course web-site. Unless otherwise stated, completed
homework will be due by 5pm at the end of the following week recitation class. These homeworks will
be graded, and will have a large weight on the final grade.
We will make liberal use of mathematical results and manipulations to develop the theoretical
and computational skills to make quantitative predictions. Consequently, it is assumed that students are
comfortable with the principles of Calculus, vector analysis and elementary differential equations. Basic
knowledge of Newtonian mechanics is assumed.
You must read the assigned chapter of the textbook before coming to class. It is your
responsibility to acquire the factual contents of the course. The lecture will highlight the essential information of
the textbook and focus on the conceptual understanding and problem solving. Lecture notes are available for
your convenience on the class web page.
You need a simple “scientific” calculator for this class. Palm-size, laptop or other portable
computing devices are not permitted during tests or the final. If the screen of your device is larger
than 6 square inches or if the device has a (mini-) typewriter keyboard, the calculator will not be allowed.
Sharing of calculators during tests or the final is not permitted
Tentative lecture content
Introduction to thermodynamics
The Properties of Gases.
Basics of Kinetics.
The First Law of Thermodynamics
The Second Law of Thermodynamics: Concepts
Physical Transformations of Pure Substances
Simple Mixtures & Phase Diagrams
Introduction to Quantum Chemistry and Statistical Thermodynamics 2 Information on the Web
Our course web page is located at: http://blackboard.sunysb.edu. You need to be able to access this site in
order to download the laboratory manuals and see announcements. In order to log into this website, you will
need your blackboard user name and password. Your user name is your University user name (sparky account),
(which is normally your first initial, and the first 7 letters of your last name You can go to one of the
following SINC Sites to look up your user name: Student Union Room 080, Computing Center Room 138, Main
Library Room S1460, in addition to the computer room in the HSC Library (3rd floor). If your password does
not work, you can go to the Main Library Rm S1460 to have your password reset. Once you have logged into
Blackboard, you must correct your e-mail address and change your password. There are 11 SINC Sites (public
computer labs on campus supported by Instructional Computing), for details (locations & schedules), go to:
Announcements, staff information, the course manual, reference material, grades, and this document will be
found on the Blackboard site.
Make sure your e-mail address is up-to-date in Blackboard. This will occasionally be used to contact you
for last-minute announcements or with regard to your work.
If you have a physical, psychological, medical, or learning disability that may impact your course work, please
contact Disability Support Services (631) 632-6748 or http://studentaffairs.stonybrook.edu/dss/. They will
determine with you what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is
Students who require assistance during emergency evacuation are encouraged to discuss their needs with their
professors and Disability Support Services. For procedures and information go to the following website:
http://www.stonybrook.edu/ehs/fire/disabilities/asp. Academic Integrity:
Each student must pursue his or her academic goals honestly and be personally accountable for all submitted
work. Representing another person's work as your own is always wrong. Faculty are required to report any
suspected instance of academic dishonesty to the Academic Judiciary. For more comprehensive information on
academic integrity, including categories of academic dishonesty, please refer to the academic judiciary website
Critical Incident Management:
Stony Brook University expects students to respect the rights, privileges, and property of other people. Faculty
are required to report to the Office of Judicial Affairs any disruptive behavior that interrupts their ability to
teach, compromises the safety of the learning environment, and/or inhibits students' ability to learn. 3 ...
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