Thermodynamics of Materials
Explore the fundamental competition between energy and disorder that determines the state of materials at equilibrium.
Explore the fundamental competition between energy and disorder that determines the state of materials at equilibrium.
How can thermodynamic principles be applied to predict physical phenomena? Thermodynamics of Materials is an online course that introduces you to the laws of thermodynamics and the concepts of equilibrium and thermodynamic potentials, and teaches you how to apply these ideas to solve materials science and engineering problems. Learn how to use materials data, computational techniques, and thermodynamics software for materials selection, process design, predictions, and more.
With an emphasis on classical thermodynamics, this course will teach you both classical and statistical interpretations of entropy, as well as the concept of constrained equilibrium, the mathematical structure of classical thermodynamics, and free energy-composition diagrams that underpin binary phase diagrams.
Undergraduate students interested in studying materials science as a primary or secondary focus will most benefit from this course. It is also a good resource for those who have covered thermodynamics in other disciplines and would like to understand how those principles can be applied to materials science.
This course is organized into three sections covering the following topics:
Topic 1: Equilibrium
Topic 2: Phase Diagrams
Topic 3: Foundations
Knowledge of single and multivariable calculus; partial differential equations; data analysis; general chemistry.