This introductory physical chemistry course examines the connections between molecular properties and the behavior of macroscopic chemical systems.

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Statistical Molecular Thermodynamics

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This introductory physical chemistry course examines the connections between molecular properties and the behavior of macroscopic chemical systems.

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Module 2

This module begins our acquaintance with gases, and especially the concept of an "equation of state," which expresses a mathematical relationship between the pressure, volume, temperature, and number of particles for a given gas. We will consider the ideal, van der Waals, and virial equations of state, as well as others. The use of equations of state to predict liquid-vapor diagrams for real gases will be discussed, as will the commonality of real gas behaviors when subject to corresponding state conditions. We will finish by examining how interparticle interactions in real gases, which are by definition not present in ideal gases, lead to variations in gas properties and behavior. Homework problems will provide you the opportunity to demonstrate mastery in the application of the above concepts.

- Dr. Christopher J. CramerDistinguished McKnight and University Teaching Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Physics

Chemistry

Well, we've now discussed the Lennard-Jones inter-molecular potential, and hopefully you enjoyed the demonstration of the liquefaction of oxygen from the air. It is inter-molecular interactions that permit you to liquefy a gas, because the molecules just stick together. And we got to see some of the more spectacular properties of liquid oxygen. Today I'd like to spend some time focused on other inter molecular potentials. Besides Deleanar Jones, because they can provide us with some information that can be interesting as well. And let me remind you that the virtue of having the intermolecular potentials potential function. Is that we have a relationship between the potential. Written on this slide in terms of u, u is a potential that depends on a in, inter particle separation r and the second virial coefficient, in this case B2vt. And so by plugging in a given potential u into that integral expression, we can in fact compute by solution of the integral B2v, and understand how a real gas will behave. So, I'd like to pause for a moment before looking at some different potentials by actually discussing the physics behind the various pieces of the Leonard Jones potential. And in particular I'd like to look at the attractive term. Which has r to the minus 6 dependents. And if we ask what, what sort of physical interactions do in fact diminish as r to the minus 6 as things grow further apart. The first is dipole-dipole interactions. So, if our molecule has a permanent dipole moment, then there are two extreme possibilities for alignment. One is that the two dipoles are opposed to one another. So dipole here represented by a negative charge and a positive charge. And since like charges repel, this would be a bad arrangement of these dipoles. On the other hand, they can also be head to tail, that is the maximally attractive arrangement of two dipoles. And, it turns out that the dipole-dipole interactions between molecules are really quite small compared to thermal energy for typical molecules and typical temperatures we'd work with And so, the two dipoles are in fact tumbling with thermal energy, and, as a result we have to average over the many different accessible orientations. When one does that averaging, one discovers that the potential of interaction is given here, it depends on the square of the two individual dipole moments. Here's where you see temperature playing a role, because it is causing these dipoles to tumble. And then here's the r to the minus 6 dependence, and this is the permittivity of free space. Another r to the 6 interaction is a dipole-induced dipole interaction. So when a molecule with a permanent electrical moment, like this one with a dipole is brought up to a molecule that does not have a permanent moment, maybe it's an atom. It will polarize the electron cloud of that atom and introduce an induced dipole. And so, to emphasize that it's induction I've put these little delta symbols here. It's sort of a small increase in positive charge, to be near the region of negative charge in the permanent dipole. And when one works through the electro-statics in that one find that if you have two systems each of which, each of which does have a permanent dipole but the drawing here only one of them does. But if they do, this is the most general formula. Each permanent dipole can induce some additional dipole in the other. And the net interaction then goes as, square of the individual dipole moments times the polarizability, that's what alpha is. So it's the ability to be polarized. it, that's what it's a measure of. Then again permittivity of free space. And an r to the minus 6 dependence. And then finally, a very important interaction that a physical chemist would call dispersion. And that is induced dipole-induced dipole interactions. So when two particles with no permanent electrical moments are brought together, particles with electron clouds, then because those clouds of electrons can move in a correlated fashion, they will instantaneously arrange themselves to have a favorable induced dipole, induced dipole interaction. That's an electron correlation phenomenon. And again, the equation has an r to the minus 6 dependence. It involves the ionization potentials of the two particles. There are polarize abilities and again the permittivity of free space. So, it turns out that although all of these different kinds of interactions show r to the minus 6 behavior, really the dispersion interactions dominate. They form up the largest percentage of the total interaction energy between two molecules. Dispersion are important, let's take one more moment to take a look at it. It was first Given this relatively simple formula and described by Fritz London. It's a purely quantum mechanical effect. It has no classical analog. So, it happens because of the correlated motions of electrons in quantum particles. If you just bring two uncharged classical species together in physics, they have no electrical interaction, they have no electrical moments. Nothing. But when the electrons are in motion about a nucleus, you can induce these moments. And as I mentioned on the on the last slide, these i terms appearing in the numerator are ionization energies, and they could be given in joules, for instance. Polarizability, which is the, the propensity to allow and induce dipole to be induced in your electron cloud about a nucleus, that is given in units of coulometer squared per volt. So, a voltage would be for instance, field that could induce a dipole. And here's the permittivity of the vacuum or free space. And I'll just mention again, dispersion usually the dominant contribution to the r to the minus 6 attractive interaction that appears as the second term in the Leonard-Jones potential. Well, let's think about somewhat simpler potentials with the motivation being that when we plugged the Lennard-Jones potential into the relevant integral in order to solve for the second virial coefficient we ended up with an integral that was impossible to solve analytically. But maybe we can gain a little bit of intuitive insight by using somewhat simpler forms for the potential where we really can solve that integral. And so two potentials I want to look at, briefly. One is the hard-sphere potential, or the billiard-ball potential, you might call it. So in the hard-sphere potential, for a separation r greater than sigma, and sigma can be thought of as the diameter of a sphere, beyond that. Values sigma. There is no interaction, it's zero. So two things approach one another. They don't feel each other at all. And then at r equal to sigma, and for all values below it, the potential becomes infinite. That is if you, if you think of sigma as being the diameter. Then if I have two particles. Think of billiard balls that have a diameter of sigma. I will be able to bring them together until their two centers are separated by sigma, and at that point, since their radius is half of sigma, add together two halves of sigma, you'll get a sigma. At that point, they kiss. And they're billiard balls, they're very hard, they don't like each other. So, they cannot go any further towards one another, in a real system, and then they bounce off one another. But in any case, the potential becomes infinite. So no interaction, no interaction, no interaction, full stop, infinite potential. So that's a very easy one to write down. an alternative is to still have the square wall here, the repulsive wall at sigma. So still hard-sphere contact. But, over some interval, as the one sphere departs from the other, there will be an attractive interaction. And it's a constant, so it's called a square-well potential, because there is a well below zero in the potential, but it has a, a flat bottom. And it goes for a certain distance, and then it ends. And so if we describe that mathematically, we'd say for r less than sigma, infinite potential between sigma, and let's use some multiple of sigma. So lambda's just a parameter. How far out do you feel the attraction? It is minus epsilon. So minus, meaning it's attractive. An then beyond that multiple of sigma, it's zero again. So let's see how those potentials behave when we plug them into the the integral expression for the second virial coefficient. And let's start with the hard sphere model. So that has the simplest mathematical formula. And let's pause for a moment to think, when might this be a good potential? To describe the interaction between gas molecules. And so, you would expect it to perhaps be relatively good at very high temperatures. At very high temperatures, the molecules are moving with a lot of speed, and so they don't necessarily need to feel an attraction to be drawn close to another molecule. Instead, they just keep going till they slam into one, and then the bounce off one another. And they behave kind of like billiard balls, if billiard balls were moving with a lot of kinetic energy. So if the temperature is very high relative to, epsilon over kb. So that's a, a measure of temperature. An attractive force divided by Boltzmann's constant. Then we can pretty much ignore the attractive force. And only worry about the repulsive part. So if I now take the expression for the second virial coefficient, and I simply plug in for u here, these values, I see that really I need to do two integrals. I need to do one integral from 0 to sigma. And I'll plug in the potential, and it is infinite, so I get e to the minus infinity. So that's just 0. And then here's minus one, so I keep minus 1 r to the 2nd dr and then a second term will go from sigma to infinity. So, I take e to the minus u but u is now equal to 0 and so e to the 0 is 1 minus 1. This entire integral drops out because I am just integrating over 0. So, all I am left with is the integral from 0 to sigma of r squared dr. And of course that is r cubed over 3. And we evaluate that at it's limits and you end up after multiplying by the constants as 2 pi, sigma cubed, Avogadro's number divided by 3. And if you work that out, that's, that's 4 times the volume of Avogadro's number of spheres, having a diameter of sigma. And so that's kind of a measure of occluded volume, can be thought of. And that is, what we expect the second virial coefficient to be a positive number, at high temperature. Because you can't access the whole volume in an ideal gas good because there is a finite size to the actual gas molecules. Notice that it's independent of temperature. Alright, so even though we have here that B2v is a function of temperature, this says it's just a constant, but if you remember your your plot of the second virial coefficient as a function of temperature. You'll recall that it goes up from low temperature, goes through the boil temperature, and then flattens out at very high temperatures and it is effectively constant. So, this is a, a good approximation for that at very high temperature.

Now, let's take a look at the square well model. And so, in this case, when we plug in these three different conditions. Infinite potential inside the hard wall, a region of attractiveness, and a region of no interaction, will have three different integrals. Still this last one will go to 0, just as it did in the hard sphere case. The first one will also be the same as in the hard sphere case, so here is the hard sphere result multiplied by 1 And then if you plug in minus epsilon, for the argument of the exponential in the second integral you'll end up with this expression. Lambda cubed minus 1, E to the positive epsilon over KT, minus 1. So, in essence, this is a three parameter model, then, because we've got this new parameter lambada that tells us over what distance does the attractive interaction persist. And so this is just an indication of how this expression for the second variable coefficient fits to experimental data under certain conditions. So these are data for nitrogen gas. Measured over a range of a little less than 100 k. It looks like maybe this got all the way down to liquid nitrogen. that the boiling point of nitrogen is 77 kelvin. And then up, up, up to quite high temperatures 700 it looks like on here. And the experimental data points or the open circles. And then if we treat the three perimeters in this expression. Sigma. Epsilon and lambda as free parameters and just ask how, how we can best fit it. We end up with 328 picometers for the diameter of the molecule, 95.2 kelvin for the the depth of the well, expressed in these units, epsilon over kB. And finally, the multiple of the diameter over which the attractive force is felt, 1.58. So, not quite two diameters away, it ceases to be an attractive interaction. And you see, if we actually compare that to the Leonard-Jones potential, which again involves sort of fitting to second varial coefficient, we get very, very similar numbers for the well depth. And, just a slightly different diameter. The Lennard Jones potential is not a hard wall potential. It rises as r to the 12th. So that's a little bit different. Well, so hopefully, those provide some more insight into why the second virial coefficient behaves the way that it does. And help to reinforce this idea that molecules at short distances are attracted to one another. As we go to higher temperatures, that attraction matters less as they start to interact more like hard spheres bouncing off on another, and we will be exploring more gas behavoir from first principles as we continue to go forward. That actually brings us to the end of the second week of material having to do with gases, and what I want to finish up with for this week is a review of the most important concepts. So we'll move to that next.

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