Physical Chemisty

Kazimierz Orzechowski, dr hab. prof.
Number of hours: 
2h X 15 weeks = 30 hours (1 semester)
Number of hours: 
3h X 15 weeks = 45 hours (1 semester)
Number of hours: 
3h X 15 weeks = 45 hours (1 semester)

Fundamentals of chemical thermodynamics, phase equilibrium, chemical kinetics, intermolecular interactions, molecular transport, interfacial phenomena. Application to electrochemistry


Lecture: written exam (obligatory) + oral exam (additional/optional)
Seminar: solving of selected problems and calculus from an early known list provided each week, passing of two written tests per semester
Laboratory: oral colloquia (obligatory) and written reports (obligatory) on the selected laboratory exercises


Credit points gained for obligatory 1st and 2nd years’ courses: mathematics, physics, fundamental chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry


Part 1

  1. Phenomenological thermodynamics with elements of statistical thermodynamics: the first law, the Hess law, Kirchhoff law, spontaneous processes, the second and the third law, entropy, molecular interpretation of the inner energy and entropy, the Maxwell relations, thermodynamics of the open systems, chemical potential, reaction quotient, reaction equilibrium constant and its dependencies on thermodynamic parameters, ideal and real solutions, elements of thermodynamics of irreversible processes

  2. Phase equilibrium: thermodynamics, classification of phase transitions, phase transformations of pure substances and corresponding phase diagrams, the Clausius-Clapeyron law, selected phase diagrams of multi-component systems, the Raoult and Henry laws, colligative properties, activity in solutions. Thermodynamic view of selected biochemical processes

Learning outcomes

  • Topics of physical chemistry listed in the Content section

  • Terminology, theory, empirical laws, fundamental properties, interactions and quantitative relations in between. Methods used for characterization of selected physicochemical phenomena

  • Ability to analyse physical phenomena and chemical processes using adequate tools of mathematics

  • Skills for solving of selected typical problems by using suitable calculus and software

  • Analysis of measurements

  • Reporting on laboratory projects and results by adopting available informatics tools

  • Using of main statistical methods for analysis of experimental data

  • Employment of laboratory techniques for characterization of chemical substances

  • Notice of need to verify professional competency

  • Responsibility for performed work and interpretation of results