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Offline michealyounger

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What is physical chemistry?
« on: October 17, 2019, 06:00:34 PM »
I hope this is the right sub to ask. I'm a chemical engineering major and am gonna be taking the 2 course sequence of physical chemistry starting next semester. I've heard that it's essentially general chemistry on steroids, but can someone please elaborate? (And yes, I've heard that it's incredibly difficult)

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Re: What is physical chemistry?
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2019, 09:56:43 AM »
The major topics covered usually include:

Quantum mechanics (molecular/atomic structure, bonding, spectroscopy)
Thermodynamics and statistical mechanics (bulk properties of matter, gas laws, entropy/enthalpy)
Reaction kinetics (rate laws, transition state theory, equilibrium, diffusion)

Pretty heavy on the math, basically a physics course applied to chemistry principles.

What men are poets who can speak of Jupiter if he were like a man, but if he is an immense spinning sphere of methane and ammonia must be silent?  - Richard P. Feynman

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