Spring 2019 - CHEM 360 D100

Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics (3)

Class Number: 2793

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 3 – Apr 8, 2019: Mon, Wed, 9:30–10:20 a.m.

    Jan 3 – Apr 8, 2019: Fri, 9:30–10:20 a.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 15, 2019
    Mon, 8:30–11:30 a.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    CHEM 260 with a minimum grade of C-. Recommended: MATH 251.



Elements of physical chemistry from the macroscopic point of view. Thermodynamics, and its applications to chemical equilibrium. Chemical kinetics and reaction rate theories. MBB 323 will be accepted in lieu of CHEM 360. Quantitative.


3 lecture hours/week; 1 tutorial hour/week

General Course Description: Elements of physical chemistry from a macroscopic point of view. Thermodynamics, and its applications to chemical equilibrium. Chemical kinetics and reaction rate theories.

Lecture Topics:
Weeks 1-4 The First Law of Thermodynamics
Definitions/Terminology. Work, Heat and Energy. The First Law. Expansion work. Heat and Enthalpy. State Functions and Exact Differentials. Heat Capacity. Joule-Thomson Coefficient. Adiabatic, Isothermal, Isobaric and Isochoric Processes. Thermochemistry, Enthalpy Changes. Temperature Dependence of Reaction Enthalpies. Hess's Law.
Weeks 5-8 The Second Law of Thermodynamics
Spontaneous Change. Entropy and Irreversible Change. Second Law of Thermodynamics. Third Law of Thermodynamics. Helmholtz and Gibbs Energies. Properties of the Gibbs Energy. The Chemical Potential. Spontaneity and Equilibrium. The Gibbs Energy Minimum, Response of Equilibria to Temperature and Pressure.
Weeks 8-13 Empirical Chemical Kinetics
Determination of Reaction Rates. Rate Laws, Determination of Order. Complex Reactions: Parallel and Opposing Reactions. Consecutive Reactions. The Steady-State Approximation. Chain and Radical Combination Reactions. Enzyme Kinetics. Branching Reactions, Explosions. Fast Reaction Techniques. Molecular Reaction Theories. Potential Energy Surfaces. Thermodynamic Formulation of TST.


  • Problem Sets 30%
  • Midterms 30%
  • Final Exam 40%



Donald A. McQuarrie & John D. Simon. Physical Chemistry: A Molecular Approach. 1997. Publisher: University Science Books.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

A grade of C- or better is required for all prerequisite courses.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html