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Physical Chemistry 2!

  1. Dec 5, 2012 #1
    Hey guys,

    I hope this is the right spot to this. I don't want to get another infraction. I just got recently got out of my first physical chemistry class and am now thinking towards the second one. I'm wondering which book would be the best supplement to read over the break and help me get ahead in the class. I just want to do well.

    My abilities: Calc I,II and am taking Calc III next semester(optional)

    Additional info: Class is jointly taken with the Physics majors and counts as their thermodynamics class.

    Thanks to all!
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  3. Dec 6, 2012 #2


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    Are there any books suggested for the course?
  5. Dec 6, 2012 #4
    No sir.
  6. Dec 6, 2012 #5
    I think what the specialists are getting at is

    What is on your Physical Chemistry syllabus?

    We know it covers thermodynamics, but anything else besides?
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  7. Dec 6, 2012 #6
    If I had to retake physical chemistry, I would of studied Schroeder (thermal physics) along side it.

    Also, you should get ahead in math and learn what partial derivatives and total differentials are.
  8. Dec 6, 2012 #7
    I just got out of the first p-chem. So no syllabus for like 5 weeks.
  9. Dec 6, 2012 #8
    Thanks Jorriss, I think that's why the physics majors have a little easier time than the chemistry majors. At least at my school we only take through calc 2.

    Dr. Du I appreciate it!
  10. Dec 7, 2012 #9
    the math is not that intense.

    don't worry about it.

    if you have absolutely mastered calc 2, you can get an A. However it has to be mastery, not just being good. That usually takes going through calc 3.

    it will probably be a mixture of thermo and stat mech; if your school has a separate stat mech class it'll probably just be thermo. since you're taking it with physics majors, expect the material to be less applied i.e. probably no electrochemistry or solvation theory.
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