Introduction to basic concepts and applications of thermodynamics in mechanical engineering.
Modern engineering research focuses on designing new materials and processes at the molecular level. Statistical thermodynamics provides the formalism for understanding how molecular interactions lead to the observed collective behavior at the macroscale. This course will develop a molecular-level understanding of key thermodynamic quantities like heat, work, free energy and entropy. These concepts will be applied in understanding several important engineering and biological applications.
Who is this class for: This advanced undergraduate course provides a molecular-level understanding of thermodynamics and covers the application of statistical thermodynamics to several important engineering and biological systems.
Week 1: Theory: Classical Thermodynamics
Week 2: Theory: Introduction to Statistics and Statistical Thermodynamics
Week 3: Theory: Non-interacting systems
Week 4: Theory: Interacting systems
Week 5: Applications: Water, Polymer and Photosynthesis
Week 6: Applications: Photosynthesis, Liquids
Week 7: Application: Adsorption, Electrolytes
Week 8: Thank You