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Oct 17th 2016

Statistical Thermodynamics: Molecules to Machines (Coursera)

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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.

Syllabus

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