Lecture 16: Thermodynamics: Gibbs Free Energy and Entropy

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  1. Thermodynamics
    1. Spontaneous Change and Free Energy
    2. Entropy
    3. Free Energy of Formation

Lecture Video

If you mix two compounds together will they react spontaneously? How do you know? Find out the key to spontaneity in this lecture. Also, what does Robert Frost’s poetry have to do with entropy, and how can you prepare toothpaste for an elephant? Find out.

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Lecture Notes

Notes for Lecture 16 (PDF)

Clicker Questions

Lecture 16 Clicker Questions (PDF)

Textbook Reading

Spontaneous Change Section 8.1 Section 7.1
Entropy Sections 8.2 and 8.8 Sections 7.2 and 7.8
Gibbs Free Energy Sections 8.12, 8.13, and 8.15 7.12, 7.13, and 7.15

Problems and Solutions

Problems for Lecture 16 (PDF)

Solutions for Lecture 16 (PDF)

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