Robert Q. Topper

Professor of Chemistry

Ch 160: Physical Principles of Chemistry

NEW textbook for Spring 2021: Physical Chemistry for the Chemical Sciences by Chang and Thoman (University Science Press, 2014). See here: . This book is available in both hardcopy and electronic formats.

This is a unique course to the Cooper Union. Taught collaboratively by the full-time faculty, this course provides freshman chemical and interdisciplinary engineering majors with a calculus-based course in chemistry focused on thermodynamics, phase transitions, electrochemistry and chemical kinetics, introducing important concepts such as activity and fugacity along the way. It provides an important intellectual link between chemistry, mathematics and physics during the crucial first year of studies and ensures a strong foundation in thermodynamics for engineers.

At most other colleges and universities, this course is taught to chemistry majors during their junior or senior year; for us, it provides the foundation for all subsequent courses in chemistry taken by our chemical engineering majors.