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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.

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The class will consist of 5 modules developing the theoretical aspects of statistical thermodynamics and 9 application modules applying the theory to systems of practical interest.
  1. Theory: Classical and Quantum Mechanics
  2. Theory: Classical Thermodynamics
  3. Theory: Introduction to Statistical Thermodynamics
  4. Theory: Modeling non-interacting systems
  5. Theory: Modeling interacting systems
  6. Applications: Water
  7. Applications: Polymers
  8. Applications: Photosynthesis
  9. Applications: Liquids
  10. Applications: Adsorption
  11. Applications: Electrolytes
  12. Applications: Oxides and defects
  13. Applications: Electron and thermal transport
  14. Applications: Thermoelectrics


Venkat Viswanathan
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering




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