Course review : CH229

CH229: Chemical Thermodynamics

~ by Ajinkya Dhepe

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During which semester & year you took the course ?

Autumn Semester 2019

Course Instructor

Prof. Nand Kishore

What grade was awarded to you?


Course Difficulty (On a scale of 1 to 5)


Comment on the grading done by the professor in your opinion?

I feel it was quite Strict

What was the Attendance Policy?

No DX grades were awarded



This Course evaluation comprises of?

Quizzes, Mid-Sem, End-Sem

2 Quizzes (10% each), Mid-sem (30%), End-sem (50%)

What are the topics covered in the course?

First Law of Thermodynamics, Standard State, Work, Enthalpy, Heat capacity at constant volume and constant pressure, Spontaneous process, Entropy, Second Law of Thermodynamics, Third Law of Thermodynamics, Criteria of spontaneity, Helmholtz Energy, Gibbs Free Energy, Chemical Potential of a pure substance, Fugacity, Chemical potential of a substance in a mixture, Maxwell Relations, Chemical potential of liquids, Raoult’s Law, Henry’s Law, Thermodynamics of mixing for gases, Thermodynamics of mixing for liquid mixtures, Excess functions, Partial Molar Volume, Activities (Solvent and Solute), Equilibrium, Thermodynamics in systems of biological interests (Differential Scanning Calorimetry and Isothermal Titration Calorimetry), Effect of applied pressure on vapour pressure, Phase Diagrams (Carbon Dioxide, Water, Helium), Ehrenfest Classification of Phase Transitions, Phase Rule, Phase Diagrams of Two component systems, Azeotropes, Immiscible liquids, Reacting Systems.

How were the Lectures for this course?

The course has really great content and the professor explains it very well. I would personally recommend attending the lectures and taking notes during the lectures as the professor does discuss a few things during the lectures which are not present in the slide and contribute to a significant amount of weightage in the mid-sem and end-sem. His lectures are also available on cdeep for future references.

How were the Exams for this course?

Quizzes are easy and one can score in them with a quick revision on various terms, processes, proofs, formulae etc. They have both theoretical and numerical questions. Theory mostly includes definitions, explanation of processes and simple reason questions and the numericals are also almost direct application of formula. Mid-sem and End-sem are very tough and are graded on the basis of a strict pattern. The numericals are based on tutorials but do come with a twist which needs to be thought out. The theory as mentioned earlier contains questions whose reasons have been discussed during the lectures. Theoretical questions are not direct definitions, they make you think a lot. All of these are, however, doable with an in-depth understanding of all the concepts and lecture notes. The course does tend to have more of a theoretical aspect in many questions which are not numericals directly.

How are the Assignments & Projects for this course?

No Assignments or Projects were given in the course. A few tutorials were conducted during lecture hours itself which did not contribute to the final grade.

Any tips for the junta to perform well in the course?

I highly recommend attending lectures (how many ever are conducted) and taking class notes during lectures as many questions are directly asked from what he teaches in the class and is not present in the slides. Solving the tutorial problems and past years’ papers and going through the slides is enough apart from that. For having a better insight in the concepts one can read the reference books. I would also suggest to read the questions carefully during exams and see what it is demanding. Although it might be tempting to answer some things numerically or through formulae, but sometimes the professor wants a theoretical explanation for the same. So you need to be good at providing good theoretical explanations as well as solving.

References used in this course:

Peter Atkins – Physical Chemistry,
Robert K Alberty – Physical Chemistry.

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