MSE200: Students should have attended this course or attend as co-requisite or should provide proof of sufficient math knowledge to be able to follow this course.
The course offers a modern fundamental understanding of the main concepts and practical applications of thermodynamics in materials science. The following major topics are discussed: review of the laws of classical thermodynamics, introduction to statistical thermodynamics phase equilibria, including phase diagrams, theory of solutions, chemical reactions involving gases and condensed matter, Ellingham diagrams, surface and interfacial phenomena, and thermodynamics at the nanoscale.
Objective 1: The student will learn basic concepts of classical and statistical thermodynamics needed to
understand thermodynamic principles and their application.
Objective 2: The student will learn to read and interpret phase diagrams of single-component, binary, and ternary systems.
Objective 3: The student will learn to solve basic thermodynamic problems.
This course provides an overview of the fundamental concepts in thermodynamics and their application in Materials Science. The following topics will be covered: review of the laws of classical thermodynamics, thermodynamic processes and cycles (Carnot and others), ideal and real gases, basics of statistical thermodynamics, solution theory and mixtures of gases and liquids, phase equilibria in single-component, binary, and ternary systems, chemical equilibria, surface and interface thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, kinetic gas theory, and polymer thermodynamics.
This course is elective and no prerequisite course. However, knowledge on physical chemistry, semiconductor physics and thermodynamics is beneficial to understand the concepts that will be addressed during the semester.