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Chapter 6

Study tips and resources for Chapter 6 – Physical Chemistry by Laidler, Meiser, Sanctuary

Digging into Phase Diagrams & Cooling Curves

Thermal Analysis

Thermal Analysis to determine a phase diagram (click to enlarge)

Condensed Binary Systems and  Thermal Analysis  are described in sections 6.4 and 6.5 of the Physical Chemistry textbook.

While most of us may not realise it, phase and phase transformations are ubiquitous in everyday life. The most simplistic illustration is a saucepan filled with boiling water – here the bubbles of steam formed by the water changes from liquid to vapour phase. Continue reading

Chemical Reactions; What? How much? How fast?

Standard Daniell Cell

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When dealing with chemical reactants, three important questions are usually asked.

(1)    What product(s) can be made,

(2)    How much can be made and

(3)    How fast can it be made.  Continue reading

Phase equilibrium in a one-component system

Phase Diagram of Water

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The overall process of reaching phase equilibrium and the concepts associated with it can be very complex. Here’s where the laws of thermodynamics come into play. It allows one to understand and predict the behaviour of substances in different phases interacting with one another. Continue reading

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Thermodynamics Module - Physical Chemistry
Thermodynamics module
Chapters 1 to 6 of Physical Chemistry - Laidler, Meiser, Sanctuary


Includes multimedia that opens on relevant pages and allows the student to visualize many of the concepts by varying parameters and plotting different graphs. Things students often have difficulty with, such as isothermal, isobaric, isochoric and adiabatic process, are clearly visualized.

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Physical Chemistry - Laidler, Meiser, Sanctuary
Physical Chemistry textbook
by Laidler, Meiser, Sanctuary


This popular Physical Chemistry text book is now available in electronic format. We have preserved much of the material of the former hard copy editions, making changes to improve understanding of the concepts in addition to including some of the recent discoveries in physical chemistry. Many chapters have new sections and the coverage of several chapters has been greatly expanded.

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