Learning Outcomes and Activities for CHEM 360 Principles of Physical Chemistry
Learning Outcome
Associated Activities
C360.A
Demonstrate an
understanding of gas
behavior using the
kinetic molecular
model and different
equations of state
1
Be able to use e
quations of state to determine properties for a gaseous
system. Answer the relevant questions on exams and homework
assignments.
Homework
and exams
2
Be able to explain gas behavior using kinetic molecular theory. Answer
the relevant questions on exams
and homework assignments.
Homework
and exams
C360.B
Demonstrate an
understanding of
thermodynamics and
its applications
1
Be able to state the laws of thermodynamics. Answer the relevant
questions on exams and homework assignments.
Homework
and exams
2
Be able to perform calculations involving thermodynamic properties.
Answer the relevant questions on exams and homework assignments.
Homework
and exams
3
Be able to use the thermodynamic variables to determine properties of a
system. Answer the releva
nt questions on exams and homework
assignments. To calculate enthalpy changes and Gibbs free energy
changes from experimental data.
Homework,
exams, and
lab reports
4
Be able to determine spontaneity based on thermodynamic properties.
Answer the relevan
t questions on exams and homework assignments. In
the lab predict whether a reaction is spontaneous based upon tabulated
values and then compare to experimental observations.
Homework,
exams and alb
reports
C360.C
Be able to obtain
relevant information
fr
om phase diagr ams
1
Be able to examine phase diagr ams to deter mine w hich phases ar e
pr esent at var ious points and be able to constr uct phase diagr ams given
suf f icient inf or mation. Answer the r elevant questions on exams and
homew or k assignments.
Homew or k
a
nd exams
C360.D
Be able to descr ibe
the pr oper ties of
mixtur es using
ther modynamic
pr oper ties
1
Be able to descr ibe how mixtur e pr oper ties dif fer f rom solvent and solute
pr oper ties. Be able to calculate solution pr oper ties. Answer the r elevant
questions o
n exams and homew or k assignments. Do the r elevant
calculations on lab r epor ts.
Homew or k,
exams, and
lab r epor ts
C360.E
Demonstr ate an
under standing of
equilibr ium and its
r elationship to
ther modynamics
1
Descr ibe the r elationships betw een ther modynamic va
r iables and
equilibr ium. Answer the r elevant questions on exams and homew or k
assignments.
Homew or k
and exams
2
Be able to deter mine equilibr ium constants and equilibr ium
concentr ations. Answer the r elevant questions on exams and homew or k
assignments.
Ho
mework
and exams
C360.F
Demonstrate an
understanding of
electrochemistry and
its relationship to
thermodynamics
1
Describe the relationships between thermodynamic properties and
electrochemical measurements. Answer the relevant questions on exams
and home
work assignments.
Homework
and exams.
2
Determine electrochemical potentials, equilibrium constants, and
thermodynamic properties for electrochemical cells. Answer the relevant
questions on exams and homework assignments. From experimental
measurements
on electrochemical cells determine the potential
differences, the equilibrium constants, and thermodynamic properties
such as enthalpy and Gibbs free energy.
Homework,
exams and lab
reports
C360.G
Demonstrate an
understanding of the
variables affecting
t
he rates of chemical
reactions.
1
Be able to determine the rates of chemical reactions. Answer the relevant
questions on exams and homework assignments. Determine rates from
experimental data.
Homework,
exams, and
lab reports
2
Explain how different var
iables like concentration, temperature, and time
influence reaction rates. Answer the relevant questions on exams and
homework assignments. Experimentally investigate the influence of these
variables on reaction rates.
Homework,
exams and lab
reports
C360
.H
Demonstrate an
understanding of the
basics of quantum
mechanics and its
application to atomic
and molecular
systems
1
Explain why classical mechanics does not describe the behavior of
submicroscopic particles. Answer the relevant questions on exams and
homework assignments.
Homework
and exams
2
Explain how quantum mechanics applies to subatomic particles using
models like particle

in

a

box, particle on a ring, and the harmonic
oscillator. Answer the relevant questions on exams and homework
assignment
s.
Homework
and exams
3
Use quantum numbers and wavefunctions to describe electron
conf igurations f or atoms. Answer the relevant questions on exams and
homework assignments.
Homework
and exams
4
Explain properties of molecules using valence bond and
molecular orbital
theories. Answer the relevant questions on exams and homework
assignments.
Homework
and exams
360.I
Set

up experiments,
collect data, and
logically analyze data
1
Correctly carry out the set

up of an experiment, carry out the data
analys
is, construct any needed graphs and tables, and calculate desired
quantities to determine results
Lab reports
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