Physical Chemistry

Physical Chemistry for Chemical Engineers I

Fall Semester 2015

Instructor: Shin-Hyun Kim (김신현, Room: 4101 - Ext.: 3911)

TA: Seung Yeol Lee (이승열, Room: 1111 –Ext.:3951, E-mail:

       Kwang Hui Je (제광휘, Room: 1111 –Ext.:3951, E-mail:

Class will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays (10:30-12:00) in #311 (Building E11).

Lecture notes and homework are available at KLMS system.


·         Peter Atkins and Julio de Paula: Atkins` Physical Chemistry, Oxford University Press.


·         J. M. Smith, H. C. Van Ness, M. M. Abbott: Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, McGraw-Hill, New York

·         Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, Francoise Brochard-Wyart, and David Quere: Capillarity and Wetting Phenomena: drops, bubbles, pearls, waves, Springer, New York, NY

GradingThere will be problem sets, a midterm exam, and a final exam. All exams will be in-class and will have time limits in the range of 2 hours. A probable weighting scheme for calculating the final grade is as follows:

Homework                                      20 %

Midterm                                          35 %

Final                                               35 %

Attendance                                     10 %

General description for course: In this course, we study the basic principles of physical chemistry to deal with problems in chemical and biomolecular engineering. Physical Chemistry is the study of macroscopic, atomic, subatomic, and particulate phenomena in chemical systems in terms of laws and concepts of physics, which include thermodynamics, phase behavior, molecular motion, and kinetics of chemical reaction. Through this course, students will learn fundamentals of molecular motion and chemical reaction, and this helps them understand advanced courses in chemical engineering. The scope of this course is outlined below.

Course Outline

1. The properties of gas (Chapter 1)

      A. The perfect gas

      B. Real gases


2. The first law of thermodynamics (Chapter 2)

A.   The basic concepts

B.    Thermochemistry

C.    State functions and exact differntials

3. The second law of thermodynamics (Chapter 3)

      A. The direction of spontaneous change

      B. Concentrating on the system

      C. Combining the first and second laws


4. Physical transformations of pure substances (Chapter 4)

      A. Phase diagrams

      B. Phase stability and phase transitions


5. Simple mixture (Chapter 5)

      A. The thermodynamic description of mixtures

B. The properties of solutions

C. Phase diagrams of binary systems

      C. Activities


6. Chemical Equilibrium (Chapter 6)

A. Spontaneous chemical reactions

      B. The response of equilibria to the conditions

C. Equilibrium electrochemistry


7. Molecules in motion (Chapter 20)

      A. Molecular motion in gases

      B. Molecular motion in liquids

C. Diffusion


8. The rates of chemical reactions (Chapter 21)

      A. Empirical chemical kinetics

      B. Accounting for the rate laws


9. Reaction dynamics (Chapter 22)

      A. Reactive encounters

      B. Transition state theory

      C. The dynamics of molecular collisions

      D. The dynamics of electron transfer


10. Catalyst (Chapter 23)

      A. Homogeneous catalysis

      B. Heterogeneous catalysis