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.
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