Statistical Thermodynamics: Molecules to Machines

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Overview

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.

Syllabus

Theory: Classical Thermodynamics

Theory: Introduction to Statistics and Statistical Thermodynamics

Theory: Non-interacting systems

Theory: Interacting systems

Applications: Water, Polymer and Photosynthesis

Applications: Photosynthesis, Liquids

Application: Adsorption, Electrolytes

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