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Statistical Thermodynamics: Molecules to Machines

Carnegie Mellon University via 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.


  • 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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Taught by

Venkat Viswanathan


3.9 rating at Coursera based on 50 ratings

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