Physical chemistry

lchm1351  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Physical chemistry
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
45.0 h + 19.0 h

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
Phenomenological aspects of thermodynamics : structure of matter, first and second law of thermodynamics, changes of state : pure materials, phase diagrams, chemical reaction, thermochemical models. Phenomenological aspects of chemical kinetics : rate constant and reaction orders, simple and complex kinetics, reaction and diffusion, surface processes. Microscopic aspects of thermodynamics and kinetic theory : statistical thermodynamics : complexions, distributions, partition function, derivation of thermodynamic functions, kinetic theories : transition state theory, potential surfaces and collision dynamics. Exercises : they aim to concretize and put into practice the thermodynamic and chemical kinetics concepts. The use of microcomputers is an important element to solve the problems of a normal complexity.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 The objective of the course is to guide students in acquiring basic knowledge in physical chemistry and to apply it to diverse concrete cases. A systematic presentation of the thermodynamic bases (classical and statistical) as well as chemical kinetics, indispensable to the general formation of a chemist or biochemist is provided.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Teaching materials
  • Slides sur Moodle
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in Chemistry