MAT_SCI 401: Chemical & Statistical Thermodynamics of Materials

Quarter Offered

Fall : MWThF 2-2:50 ; Luijten/Lauhon




A graduate course in classical and statistical thermodynamics.

The following topics in classical thermodynamics will be covered:

  • the laws of thermodynamics; conditions for equilibrium
  • solutions
  • excess quantities
  • binary and ternary phase diagrams

Additionally, the following topics in statistical thermodynamics will be covered:

  • statistical definition of entropy
  • ensembles and the Boltzmann and Gibbs distributions
  • quantum and classical ideal gasses
  • the regular solution model

Textbook: Molecular Driving Forces: Statistical Thermodynamics in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Nanoscience, 2nd Edition Ken A. Dill and Sarina Bromberg Garland Science