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PHYS 3601 – Thermodynamics

(3 credits) 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab

This is an introduction to thermodynamics from a modern macroscopic perspective. Lecture topics will include the laws of thermodynamics, Maxwell relations, internal energy, enthalpy, entropy, Helmholtz and Gibbs free energies, chemical potential and equilibrium, as well as a detailed study of the Kinetic Theory of Gases for mono- and polyatomic gases, both ideal and real. The laboratory component will support the lecture material through theoretical modeling and basic thermodynamic and kinetic experiments.

Prerequisites: Chemistry 1201, Chemistry 1202, Physics 1202 or 1212 and Mathematics 1202, all with a grade of C- or higher or department consent.

Note: Credit for both Chemistry 3601 and Physics 3601 will not be allowed.