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529-0433-00L  Advanced Physical Chemistry: Statistical Thermodynamics

SemesterAutumn Semester 2016
LecturersG. Jeschke
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


AbstractIntroduction to statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. Prediction of thermodynamic and kinetic properties from molecular data.
ObjectiveIntroduction to statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. Prediction of thermodynamic and kinetic properties from molecular data.
ContentBasics of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics of classical and quantum systems. Concept of ensembles, microcanonical and canonical ensembles, ergodic theorem. Molecular and canonical partition functions and their connection with classical thermodynamics. Translational, rotational, vibrational, electronic and nuclear spin partition functions of gases. Determination of the equilibrium constants of gas phase reactions. Transition state theory and its connection with collision theory. Description of ideal gases and ideal crystals.
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Prerequisites / NoticeChemical Thermodynamics, Reaction Kinetics, Molecular Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy; Mathematical Foundations (Analysis, Combinatorial Relations, Integral and Differential Calculus)