San Diego State University

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry 410
Physical Chemistry

Last update for Chem 410B, Fall 2018

Class meetings:

  • lecture: MWF 12-12:50pm in GMCS-314


  • Andrew Cooksy
    CSL-310, 594-5571
    Office Hours: Mon, Wed 9:30am-10:30am; CSL-310.
    Example sessions: Mon 5-6pm, room CSL-508.


The materials will be available through Aztec Bookstore. Any format for the textbook is fine (print, e-book, or loose-leaf). For Chem 410A, you will also need access to the Mastering Chemistry online homework system, which comes bundled with the book at the bookstore. If you took CHEM 410A with me, you probably do not need to buy Mastering again for 410B. Before you buy a used copy of the book, check pricing on the online homework access. The publisher charges almost as much for the online homework access alone as for the bundle. You may want to check out the bookstore's price matching offer.

  • CHEM 410A Textbook: Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics and Molecular Interactions by Cooksy
  • CHEM 410A Lab manual: Chem 410A Laboratory Projects Manual
  • CHEM 410B Textbook: Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics, Kinetics, and Statistical Mechanics by Cooksy
  • CourseKey acess. If you paid for the ongoing CourseKey license ($45) for an earlier course, then you already have access. If you will only need CourseKey for this class, the access fee is $15. Instructions are below.

Research Opportunities

NSF REU Programs in Chemiostry

The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs at universities all over the country. These can be excellent opportuninties to investigate a research field that you're interested in, expecially those that we don't cover here at SDSU. Applications are normally due in Jan-Feb, although some programs may have later windows or may be willing to consider late applicants if their slots are not all taken. A list of the programs in chemistry and links to their websites can be found at the NSF chemistry REU web site.

8th Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy //

In partnership with Argonne National Laboratory; Clean Energy Trust; Institute for Sustainability & Energy at Northwestern (Northwestern University); Loyola University; UI LABS; University of Chicago; Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (Illinois Institute of Technology)

About SISE

The Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) is a two-week "boot camp" for future decision makers eager to join the sustainability and energy revolution happening around the globe. Held annually since 2011, the program boasts 300 alumni. During weekdays, SISE'ers participate in high-level talks, visit energy and sustainability sites, and network. During evenings and weekends, they work collaboratively on a research project and enjoy exploring Chicago.


The SISE theme, (re)new, centers around how we can revitalize our neighborhoods, communities, and ourselves. Partnering with a local community, we will engage best practices surrounding retrofitting homes and businesses, repurposing buildings and lots, sustaining meaningful and historical sites, incorporating renewable energy and battery technologies into neighborhoods, and rebranding the image of the community within and without itself.


Participants (SISE'ers) from around the country join SISE at the University of Illinois at Chicago. SISE'ers are chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants from across the country. Diversity is one of the strongest features of the program, with participants representing a broad range of backgrounds and expertise. They live together. They research together. They become a part of our extended and international "SISE family."

Cost and Support
  • There is no program fee.
  • Lodging is provided for all participants.
  • Transportation support is provided to many participants.
How to Apply
  • Applications are accepted through June 15
  • Senior-level undergraduates (as of the fall of 2018), graduate students, and professionals working in the fields of sustainability and energy who are living, working, or studying in the United States are eligible to apply
  • The application process includes:
    1. An online application
    2. A resume/CV
    3. One letter of recommendation
    4. A short Skype/Google Hangouts interview

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the SISE Program Coordinator, Thomas Aláan (, and visit the SISE website.

We hope to see you in Chicago this summer!

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