[ 290PHCHCTDK18 ] KV Chemical Thermodynamics

Workload Education level Study areas Responsible person Hours per week Coordinating university
1,5 ECTS B1 - Bachelor's programme 1. year Chemistry Sabine Hild 1 hpw Johannes Kepler University Linz
Detailed information
Original study plan Bachelor's programme Chemistry 2018W
Objectives Any chemical reaction that occurs is accompanied by different forms of energy change. In the combustion of fuel it takes the form of heat and light. Chemical reactions in batteries obtain electrical energy. Photosynthesis for the bio-synthesis of glucose requires the absorption of light energy from the sun. Thus, the topic of this lesson is to study chemical processes in which heat is either evolved or absorbed.
Subject 1. Fundamentals

  • Atoms, ions, molecules
  • Bulk matter

2. Energy in chemical systems

3. Discrimination of internal energy and enthalpy

  • Enthalpy and enthalpy changes in physical and chemical processes
  • Bond enthalpies and the combination of reaction enthalpies

4. Applying the second law of thermodynamics

  • Direction of spontaneous changes
  • Entropy changes accompanying chemical reactions

5. Gibbs free energy

  • Correlate work and the Gibbs energy change

6. Phase changes in single systems

  • Condition of stability
  • Phase diagrams
Criteria for evaluation
Language German or English
Study material
  • Thermodynamics of Chemical Processes, Gareth Price, Oxford Chemistry Primers, 2nd edition, 2019
  • Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences, Peter Atkins, Julio de Paula, W. H. Freeman Oxford University Press; 11th edition, 2011
  • Physical Chemistry from a Different Angle: Introducing Chemical Equilibrium, Kinetics and Electrochemistry by Numerous Experiments Georg Job, Regina Rüffler, Springer, 2016
  • Physical Chemistry: Principles and Applications in Biological Sciences Tinoco Jr., Ignacio, Kenneth Sauer, James C. Wang , Joseph D. Puglisi , Gerard Harbison, David Rovnyak, Pearson; 15th edition 2013
Changing subject? No
Corresponding lecture in collaboration with 290PHCHELCV18: VL Electrochemistry (1,5 ECTS) + 290PHCHPC1V18: VL Physical Chemistry I (4,5 ECTS) equivalent to
TCBPDVOPYC1: VO Physical Chemistry I (5,2 ECTS)


in collaboration with 663PHCHPC1V20: VL Physical Chemistry for Biological Chemistry I (4,5 ECTS) equivalent to
BCBPPVOPHYC: VO Physical Chemistry 1 (5,2 ECTS)
On-site course
Maximum number of participants 25
Assignment procedure Direct assignment