CHEM E 498
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This course covers the fundamental aspects of how molecules behave and how underlying molecular properties determine macroscopic phenomena (which is the goal of statistical mechanics). Two overarching goals of the course are for students (1) to be able to describe any physiochemical process or macroscopic property in terms of molecules, their properties, and the fundamental laws of physics, and (2) to be able to predict the physical and chemical behavior of solutions and materials based on knowledge of their molecular composition and structure. The latter goal is vital to the process of starting from the molecular level to engineer materials, devices, and processes that achieve given design objectives.
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