Molecular Properties of Gases, Liquids and Solids

ChemE 498







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ChemE 498 – Autumn 2009

Molecular Properties of Gases, Liquids and Solids

Course Coordinator: Professor René M. Overney

245 Benson, 206-543-4353, E-mail the instructor


Teaching Assistant / Grader: TBD



M/W/F: 11:30-12:20, MGH 085

F (Recitation): 2:30-3:20, CHL 101


Office Hours:


Overney (BNS 245):        Wed 12:30-13:30 (drop in)



Course Textbook: Gases, Liquids and Solids: And Other States of Matter

                               by David Tabor, Cambridge University Press (2003)


Prerequisites:  Students have to be in their Junior or Senior year in Engineering

                              or Arts and Sciences.



Course Description

This course introduces molecular theories and concepts fundamental to material and transport properties in gases, liquids and solids. A particular focus is on critical length scales relevant for nanotechnological applications. Students learn about thermodynamic driving forces, kinetics and transition states, structure properties, intermolecular interactions, current instrumental methods (e.g., atomic force microscopy), and modern classification and fabrication schemes in nanotechnology.


Within the framework of the new accreditation procedure (ABET) it is measured with weekly homework and exams, whether students master the theories and concepts of nanoscale systems.

Course Credit

Course credit is based on Midterm (40 %) and Final Exam (60%).



A one-hour midterm exam and a two-hour comprehensive final exam. All examinations are required, and there will be no make-ups. Missing an examination or not turning one in is graded as a failure (0.0).



The Homework Assignments and Solutions are posted on this WEB site

(click on Homework)


Required Readings

Assigned as part of the homework.

Schedule Details


Sept. 30     Instructions begin



Nov. 9      Midterm Exam



Nov. 11      Holiday

Nov.  27     Holiday



Dec 11       Last day of instruction

Dec 16       Final Exam: Wednesday, 2:30-4:20 p.m. (MGH 085)

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If any student has a learning disability or other special needs, please inform the instructor the first week of class so we can make special arrangements to accommodate you.