**Texts:**

**Course Outline:**

- Statistical Mechanics: The Bridge between microscopic and macroscopic behavior
- Basic properties of Gases (Chapter 16)
- Ideal Gases
- Two-parameter Equations of State
- Virial Coefficients
- van der Waals interactions and Molecular Potentials

- The Boltzmann Factor (Chapter 17)
- Partition Functions
- Average Energies
- Physical properties and their relation to Partition Functions

- Partition Functions and Ideal Gases (Chapter 18)
- Translational Partition Functions
- Electronic Partition Functions
- Vibrational Partition Functions
- Rotational Partition Functions

- Math Review (Math Chapter H) - Partial Differentiation
- The First law of Thermodynamics (Chapter 19)
- Work
- Heat
- State Functions
- Adiabatic processes
- Enthalpy
- Heat Capacity

- Math Review (Math Chapter J) - Stirling's Approximation
- Entropy and The Second Law (Chapter 20)
- Energy is not enough!
- There's no such thing as a free lunch.
- The Boltzmann Equation (what do
*you*want on your tombstone?) - The Third Law (Chapter 21)

- Phase Equilibria (Chapter 23) and Chemical Equilibria (Chapter 26)
- Phase Diagrams
- Chemical Potentials
- The Clausius-Clapeyron Equation
- Equilibrium constants and the Gibbs Free Energy
- Temperature dependence and the Van't Hoff Equation

- The Kinetic Theory of Gases (Chapter 27)
- Temperature as a measure of Kinetic Energy
- The Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution for molecular speeds
- The Mean Free Path and Collision frequencies
- Diffusion

- Chemical Kinetics (Chapters 28 & 29)
- Time Dependence and Rate Laws
- Orders of Reactions
- Reaction Mechanisms
- Detailed Balance
- The Steady-State Approximation
- Unimolecular reactions and the Lindemann Mechanism
- The Michaelis-Menten Mechanism for Enzyme Catalysis
- Temperature dependence of Rate Constants

- Statistical Mechanics and Kinetic Theories
- Potential Energy Surfaces
- Transition State Theory
- Variational TST
- "Early"- and "Late"-barrier reactions