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Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Introduction To Molecular Thermodynamics

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and NPTEL via Swayam


This course is designed to use fundamental concepts of statistical mechanics in simple real world problems. Starting from simple molecular models of systems like solids, liquids and gases, the students would learn how to obtain their thermodynamic properties that are usually measured in experiments.INTENDED AUDIENCE: B.Sc. in ChemistryPRE-REQUISITES: Introduction to (1) quantum mechanics (2) probability and statisticsINDUSTRIES APPLICABLE: Chemical and pharmaceutical industries, Software development formolecular modeling


Week 1: Review of mathematical methods and classical thermodynamicsWeek 2: Introduction to micro- and macroscopic states, ensemblesWeek 3: Microcanonical ensemble and application to simple non-interacting systemsWeek 4: Canonical ensemble and application to simple non-interacting systemsWeek 5: Monatomic and diatomic ideal gasesWeek 6: Heat capacity of solids – Einstein and Debye modelWeek 7: Introduction to classical statistical mechanics and application to real gases and liquidsWeek 8: Molecular thermodynamics of simple chemical reactions and transition state theory

Taught by

Srabani Taraphder


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