CHP633 - Physical Chemistry

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Subject Title
Physical Chemistry

Subject Description
This subject introduces students to the principles of physical chemistry, as applied to chemical engineering operations.  Topics covered in this subject include the concepts of physical states (gases, liquids, solids), including ideal and real equations of state. Equilibrium between components or phases in a mixture is discussed. This subject also introduces the thermodynamic principles of chemical potential, enthalpy, entropy, and free energy, and their application to phase equilibria in the context of engineering operations such as distillation and extraction.

Credit Status
One credit towards the Chemical Engineering Technology (CHY) Advanced Diploma.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Summarize the basic thermodynamic laws governing the behaviour of gases, liquids, and solids.
Differentiate ideal and real behaviours of gases, liquids, solids, solutions, and other mixtures.
Identify the effect, and mechanism of effect, of the addition of new components on a pure substance’s physicochemical properties.
Interpret phase diagrams to identify phase transition and equilibrium points of both pure substances and mixtures.

Apply thermodynamic laws to common lab practices and the design of industrial process units.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.