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University of Colorado Boulder

Statistical Thermodynamics

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This specialization was developed for the mechanical or aerospace engineering advanced undergraduate graduate or graduate student who already has a strong background in undergraduate engineering thermodynamics and is ready to tackle the underlying fundamentals of the subject. It is designed for those entering advanced fields such as combustion, high temperature gas dynamics, environmental sciences, or materials processing, or wishes to build a background for understanding advanced experimental diagnostic techniques in these or similar fields. It covers the relationship between macroscopic and microscopic thermodynamics and derives properties for gases, liquids and solids. It also covers non-equilibrium behavior as found in kinetic theory and chemical kinetics. The main innovation is the use of the postulatory approach to introducing fundamental concepts and the very clear connection between macroscopic and microscopic thermodynamics. By introducing basic ideas using postulates, students are given a very straightforward way to think about important concepts, including entropy and temperature, ensembles and quantum mechanics.


Course 1: Fundamentals of Macroscopic and Microscopic Thermodynamics
- Offered by University of Colorado Boulder. Course 1 first explores the basics of both macroscopic and microscopic thermodynamics from a ... Enroll for free.

Course 2: Quantum Mechanics
- Offered by University of Colorado Boulder. Course 2 of Statistical Thermodynamics presents an introduction to quantum mechanics at a level ... Enroll for free.

Course 3: Ideal Gases
- Offered by University of Colorado Boulder. Course 3 of Statistical Thermodynamics, Ideal Gases, explores the behavior of systems when ... Enroll for free.

Course 4: Dense Gases, Liquids and Solids
- Offered by University of Colorado Boulder. Course 4 of Statistical Thermodynamics addresses dense gases, liquids, and solids. As the density ... Enroll for free.

Course 5: Non-Equilibrium Applications of Statistical Thermodynamics
- Offered by University of Colorado Boulder. Course 5 of Statistical Thermodynamics explores three different applications of non-equilibrium ... Enroll for free.


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John W. Daily


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