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Skills you will gain

Mechanical EngineeringChemistryFluid MechanicsQuantum Mechanics

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Advanced Level

Approx. 9 hours to complete

Suggested: Three weeks of content. Six to nine hours a week, including studying....

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Program Introduction

3 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 33 min), 6 readings, 3 quizzes
6 videos
A Brief Overview4m
The Nature of Matter5m
Work, Energy and the 1st Law for a Point Mass5m
Internal Energy, Heat Transfer and the 1st Law for Real Systems7m
Equilibrium and Thermodynamic Properties4m
6 readings
Bibliography10m
A Brief Overview10m
The Nature of Matter10m
Work, Energy and the 1st Law for a Point Mass10m
Internal Energy, Heat Transfer and the 1st Law for Real Systems10m
Equilibrium and Thermodynamic Properties10m
2 practice exercises
Problem 1.310m
Problem 1.410m
Week
2

Week 2

4 hours to complete

Macroscopic Thermodynamics

4 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 44 min), 9 readings, 3 quizzes
9 videos
The Thermodynamic Definition of Temperature5m
The Thermodynamic Definition of Pressure5m
The Thermodynamic Definition of Chemical Potential5m
Representation and the Equations of State, Euler Equations and the Gibbs-Duhem Relation4m
Alternative Representations3m
Quasi-Static Processes3m
Maxwell's Relations2m
Building Property Relations3m
9 readings
Fundamentals of Macroscopic Thermodynamics10m
The Thermodynamic Definition of Temperature10m
The Thermodynamic Definition of Pressure10m
The Thermodynamic Definition of Chemical Potential10m
Representation and the Equations of State, Euler Equations and the Gibbs-Duhem Relation10m
Alternative Representations10m
Quasi-Static Processes10m
Maxwell's Relations10m
Building Property Relations10m
3 practice exercises
Problem 2.210m
Problem 2.310m
Problem 2.410m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Microscopic Thermodynamics

3 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 43 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
The Postulates of Microscopic Thermodynamics5m
Solving for the Most Probable Distribution3m
The Partition Function6m
Fluctuations3m
Quantum Statistics16m
6 readings
Role of Statistics in Thermodynamics10m
The Postulates of Microscopic Thermodynamics10m
Solving for the Most Probable Distribution10m
The Partition Function10m
Fluctuations10m
Quantum Statistics10m
1 practice exercise
Problem 3.15m

Instructor

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John W. Daily 

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Mechanical Engineering
190 Learners
5 Courses

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About the Statistical Thermodynamics Specialization

This specialization is designed for those working in advanced fields such as combustion, high temperature gas dynamics, environmental sciences, or materials processing, or someone who wishes to build a background for understanding advanced experimental diagnostic techniques in these or similar fields....
Statistical Thermodynamics

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