[ 290PHCHPC1V18 ] VL Physical Chemistry I

Workload Education level Study areas Responsible person Hours per week Coordinating university
4,5 ECTS B2 - Bachelor's programme 2. year Chemistry Serdar Niyazi Sariciftci 3 hpw Johannes Kepler University Linz
Detailed information
Original study plan Bachelor's programme Chemistry and Chemical Technology 2021W
Objectives basic understanding and knowledge of physical chemistry
Subject Physical chemistry establishes and develops the principles of matter and its changes in terms of the underlying concepts of physics and mathematics. Thus, experimental observation can be transformed in the language of mathematics to explain and interpret physical and chemical properties of matter. Students in this lecture will get a basic understanding in the application of the principles of physical chemistry leading to an understanding of the processes responsible for industrial processes and life. At the end of this course, students should have basic knowledge in: 1)Gas laws

  • Empirical gas laws
  • Description of real gases
  • Kinetic gas theory
  • Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution

2)Introduction to quantum chemistry

  • History of atomistic development
  • Bohr atomic model
  • Schrödinger equation
  • Particle-in-a-box


  • Classical thermodynamics
  • Cycle processes
  • Statistical thermodynamics
  • Partition function
  • Chemical equilibrium

4)Introduction to chemical kinetics

Criteria for evaluation oral exam
Methods Lecture
Language English
Study material
  • Physikalische Chemie I, Gordon M. Barrow, Bohmann-Vieweg, 3rd edition, 1974.
  • Atkins’ Physical Chemistry, Peter Atkins, Julio de Paula, James Keeler, Oxford University Press; 11th edition, 2017.
Changing subject? No
Corresponding lecture in collaboration with 290PHCHCTDK18: KV Chemical Thermodynamics (1,5 ECTS) + 290PHCHELCV18: VL Electrochemistry (1,5 ECTS) equivalent to
TCBPDVOPYC1: VO Physical Chemistry I (5,2 ECTS)
On-site course
Maximum number of participants -
Assignment procedure Direct assignment