Spring 2021 - CHEM 360 D100

Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics (3)

Class Number: 1056

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 21, 2021
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

  • 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.


Please note, this course outline was accurate at the time of publication but is subject to change.

Mode of Teaching:
3 lecture hours/week; 1 tutorial hour/week
Lecture: Asynchronous
Tutorial: Synchronous

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.


  • Assignments 30%
  • Quizzes 10%
  • Midterm Exams 30%
  • Final Exam 30%


Online Exam Invigilation: Students completing exams remotely must comply with the online invigilation procedures implemented by the course instructor.



Technology Requirements: Students are required to have a desktop or laptop computer, high-speed internet access, and a webcam and microphone (built-in or external) to participate in online courses.


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

Peter Atkins, Julio de Paula and James Keeler. Atkins' Physical Chemistry. 11th Edition. 2018. Publisher: Oxford University Press.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).