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


Essential skills

  • Calculate and predict reaction spontaneity

  • Calculate reaction enthalpy and entropy

  • Identify thermodynamic vs. kinetic products


Knowledge Fundamentals

  • 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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