Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria

This course, based on MATSCI 204 Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria , introduces learners to thermodynamics and and how it governs phase equilibria. It is intended for a general audience, and is especially useful as a preparatory course for undergarduate and graduate students who are about to take their first class in thermodynamics.

Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria

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Estimated 16 weeks
5–10 hours per week
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About this course

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The course reviews concepts including the 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics; entropy; equilibrium for isolated systems; materials properties; and continues to review phase equilbria.

At a glance

  • Language: English

What you'll learn

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  • What thermodynamic functions govern heterogeneous equilibria and how to calculate these functions from measurable materials properties.
  • Unary phase equilibria and first order phase transitions, metastability.
  • Thermodynamics of solutions and its application to binary phase equilibria and binary phase diagrams.
  • Thermodynamics of chemical reactions.

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