Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Physical Chemistry I | Syllabus

Lecturer Dr. John J. McMahon
Office 632 John Mulcahy Hall
Tel. (718) 817 - 4495

Office Hours

Tue. 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Wed. 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.



McMahon, John J., Physical Chemistry Reason and Experiment, 2014, available on iTunes at
requires an Apple iPad or a Mac computer running OS 10.9 or better.

Schedule The schedule of lecture topics, readings, due dates for homework assignments, recitations, and examinations is provided on the Lectures page. The Final Exam will be cumulative and will be given on the date scheduled by the Registrar.

Homework Performing the homework is central to understanding many of the physical concepts encountered in this course and as such is required. Eight homework sets will be distributed during the term; only the best seven grades will be averaged into the course grade. While students are encouraged to work together on homework each must submit his/her own computations and results. Because the solutions are distributed on the due date absolutely no late problem sets will be accepted.

Of the following schemes, that which produces the best possible grade for the course will be used. Uncharacteristically poor performance on one of the Hour Exams is mitigated by this scheme.

  Grading Scheme 1 2 3
  1st Hour Exam 10% 20% 20%
  2nd Hour Exam 20% 10% 20%
Grading: 3rd Hour Exam 20% 20% 10%
  Final Exam 25% 25% 25%
  Homework Sets (Best 7 of 8) 25% 25% 25%
  Total 100% 100% 100%

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