Physical Chemistry Review Topics
Last Update: August 12, 2008
Both CHEM 323 and CHEM 325
 •S.I. units and dimensional analysis (“Appendix 1” in Atkins and de Paula Physical Chemistry 8^{th} Ed.)
 •Be able to take derivatives (ordinary and partial) and integrals of simple polynomials, trigonometric functions (e. g., sin and cos), and exponential functions. In CHEM 323 there’s more emphasis on derivatives and differentials. In CHEM 325 there’s more emphasis on integrals, series and matrix manipulations. Click here for a brief calculus review, or see “Appendix 2” in Atkins and de Paula Physical Chemistry 8^{th} Ed. Some important things to know are

 >>Euler chain rule

 >>Product rule for derivatives and/or differentials
 • Preparing graphs of data with spreadsheets and by hand.
Both CHEM 324 and CHEM 326
 • Maintenance of laboratory notebooks
 •Standard laboratory techniques including

 >Proper use of volumetric glassware

 >Titration

 >Use and care of spectrometers and analytical balances

 >Solution preparation
 •Proper chemical waste disposal
 •Preparing graphs of data with spreadsheets and by hand
 •Propagation of error analysis
 •Writing skills are assumed to be carried from writing courses (e.g., grammar, spelling, logical flow)
Topics for CHEM 323
 •Basic stoichiometry
 •Nomenclature of simple organics, binary salts and complex ions
 •Thermodynamics
 •Equilibrium

 >Applications to
 •Kinetics
 •Molecular basis for properties of matter

 >Phase changes (calorimetry of and source of)

 >Phase diagrams (pure substances and binary mixtures)
Topics for CHEM 325
 •Classical Mechanics (“Appendix 3” in Atkins and de Paula Physical Chemistry 8^{th} Ed.)
 •Model of atom


 ‡Photoelectric effect



 ‡de Broglie



 ‡Bohr

 •Bonding models
 •Solid state and Materials

 >Unit cell definition

 >Types of unit cells

 >Bragg equation

 >BornHaber cycle (lattice energy)
 •Nomenclature of simple organics, binary salts and complex ions
 •IR and NMR spectroscopy
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