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HOPE Chem 343: Krueger

Thermodynamics and Kinetics
Chapter references are Physical Chemistry for the Biosciences by Raymond Chang

Instructor: Prof. Brent Krueger


This course covers the broad fields of thermodynamics and kinetics and also introduces spectroscopy.  Thermodynamics deals with the interconversion of various kinds of energy and how changes in physical properties are involved with these processes.  Thermodynamics is concerned with equilibrium states of matter and is time-independent.  On the other hand, kinetic theory strives to understand how the rates of processes result from (a simple model of) the properties of atoms and molecules.  Spectroscopy is the use of electromagnetic radiation (light) to probe matter.