N.B. In the event of discrepancies between the official outline in the PDF file above, and this web page, the former shall hold precedence.

Course Outline

General information

Outline of Course Material & Helpful Tips

A. Instructional Materials
Textbooks: (THIS IS UPDATED FOR FALL 2018)
  1. Physical Chemistry 11e Volume 1 PLUS Student Solution Manual (BUNDLE - MANDATORY) – ISBN 9780199035106 [Bundle] – P.W. Atkins, J. de Paula, and J. Keeler. Physical Chemistry, Vo. 1: Thermodynamics and Kinetics, 11e, Oxford University Press, 2018 [Paperback]; and P. Bolgar, H. Lloyd, A. North, V. Oleinikovas, and J. Keeler: Student Solutions Manual to accompany Atkins' Physical Chemistry, 11e, Oxford University Press, 2018 [Paperback]. (Available at book store)
  2. Applied Mathematics for Physical Chemistry - (3rd Edition) ISBN 0131008455 J.R. Barrante, Prentice Hall, 2003 - RECOMMENDED for students who require a brush up on math related to physical chemistry. (Out of print, used copies are available online and in used book stores)

(Note: The 9th and 10th edition of Atkins is also supported; 8th edition can also be used, but no further updates for this edition)

1. Scientific calculator
2. Web access (Blackboard Site has all Lab Materials)
B. Course Objectives
  • To provide an understanding of the principles of physical chemistry.
    • To develop in the student the ability to solve quantitative problems.
    • To promote original thought on the part of the student and encourage the use of logic in the solution of problems.
    • To develop an ability in the student to learn and work independently.

C. Tutorials - Locations TBA, to be scheduled, Monday & Thursday 2:30-3:45
The purpose of these sessions will be to review material previously covered, and to assist in the solution of assigned homework problems (though not the questions from assignments or laboratory reports). Tutorial sessions will be listed online.

D. Laboratories - 235 Essex Hall - Instructors: Una Lee and Ronan San Juan
There are five physical chemistry laboratories, each of which demonstrates a physical principle discussed in this course. The laboratories are rotational, and are not directly synchronized with the time line of the course; thus, students will have to read ahead in some cases to understand the laboratory material. All laboratory information, as well as the lab manual will be available on the 59-240 BlackBoard Site.

Marking Scheme

Mark Breakdown:
Mid‑term 1
Mid‑term 2
Final Exam

As of Fall 2013:
No letter grades are awarded.


Course Regulations

Course regulations (All students must read this during the first week of term).

A. Attendance is VERY IMPORTANT to be successful in this course - students who do not attend lectures generally score very low on exams and assignments. You must keep up with the material as the semester progresses.

B. To arrange consultation time with Dr. Schurko, please make an appointment using the Contact Page available on the website. Office hours are flexible and will be adjusted around your schedule of classes and labs.

C. You MUST study outside of class. Outside work should include reading assigned material, doing assigned questions and problems, reviewing lecture notes, correcting errors made in past work, etc. For every 1 hour of lecture, 1-2 hours should be spent outside of class. Physical chemistry requires study, practice and drill.

D. Adequate lecture notes should be taken. These notes should be reviewed as soon as possible after each class meeting. The student is encouraged to consult with the instructor about any material that is unclear. Lectures are currently available on the web - modified versions should be available immediate prior to or after the lecture.

E. Attendance of intro week and all laboratories is mandatory. Official written documentation as to why a student misses a laboratory (e.g., medical reasons, etc.) must be provided within 12 hours before or after the scheduled lab session, otherwise the student will not be able to reschedule sessions. and will receive a grade of zero for that laboratory.

F. Exams missed due without an official excused absence will result in a grade of zero. Only students with an official excused absence will be given the opportunity to make-up an exam. If you cannot make an exam in the event of a religious holiday or University of Windsor athletic commitment, you must notify Dr. Schurko by Sept. 15, 2017. If for health or personal reasons an exam must be missed, you must notify Dr. Schurko within 12 hours before or after the exam, and you must have your physician fill out the Faculty of Science Medical Certificate (available from the Chemistry website).

G. All students are required to take the final examination in order to receive a passing grade in the course. No notebooks, texts or cheat sheets are allowed in any of the examinations. Students caught cheating will receive an automatic grade of zero on that test/exam and be subject to academic discipline.

H. Laboratory reports must be independently written. Students which deliberately copy answers, figures, charts or other materials from their partners or from old laboratories will receive an automatic grade of zero on the laboratory report and be subject to academic discipline.

By writing the examinations and laboratories in this course, you express consent with the above regulations and those written at the top of all examination papers.