Thermodynamics is the study of state functions and path-independent processes. In contrast to kinetics, thermodynamics cares about stability, spontaneity and heat transfers. A previous webinar had focused on calorimetry, which a specific topic in thermodynamics. This webinar will expand on more general concepts in thermodynamics like enthalpy vs. entropy, as well as how thermodynamics link to areas of kinetics and equilibrium.
At a glance
Calculate and predict reaction spontaneity
Calculate reaction enthalpy and entropy
Identify thermodynamic vs. kinetic products
Thermodynamics vs. kinetics
The laws of thermodynamics
Differentiate Gibbs free energy, enthalpy, and entropy
System vs. surroundings
On the MCAT
Thermodynamic calculations are not as time intensive as you may have encountered in college gen chem, but do remember to round!
Thermodynamic and kinetic products appear often in organic chemistry
Common mistakes include not converting °C to K or kJ to J.
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