Physical Chemistry, an upper-level course for
Chemistry and Biochemistry majors, revisits topics from General Chemistry with
mathematical rigor and deeper insight. The course seeks to answer four central
questions key in the study of Chemistry:
(1) How do we describe matter? (2) How do we study and characterize matter?
(3) What is the direction of chemical change? (4) How fast does chemical change
occur? Each question is answered
respectively from the perspective of Physical Chemistry by (1) Quantum
Mechanics, (2) Spectroscopy, (3) Thermochemistry & Equilibrium, and (4)
Kinetics. An emphasis will be made in relating these topics to applications in
understanding chemical and biological systems.
- Teacher: Aaron Keller