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Statistical Thermodynamics Specialization

This specialization was developed for the mechanical or aerospace engineering advanced undergraduate graduate or graduate student who already has a strong background in undergraduate engineering thermodynamics and is ready to tackle the underlying fundamentals of the subject. It is designed for those entering advanced fields such as combustion, high temperature gas dynamics, environmental sciences, or materials processing, or wishes to build a background for understanding advanced experimental diagnostic techniques in these or similar fields. It covers the relationship between macroscopic and microscopic thermodynamics and derives properties for gases, liquids and solids. It also covers non-equilibrium behavior as found in kinetic theory and chemical kinetics. The main innovation is the use of the postulatory approach to introducing fundamental concepts and the very clear connection between macroscopic and microscopic thermodynamics. By introducing basic ideas using postulates, students are given a very straightforward way to think about important concepts, including entropy and temperature, ensembles and quantum mechanics.

Applied Learning Project

Assessment for the five courses in this specialization will be carried out using short, auto-graded problem sets that will test mastery of content presented in videos. Students will also be asked to submit problems without a clear method of solution for peer-review and to solve other problems on discussion boards. Please note that many problems require data that is included in my textbook, but that can also be found online or in course resources.

Course Information

Estimated Time: Approximately 4 months to complete Suggested pace of 2 hours/week

Difficulty: Advanced

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Course Information

Estimated Time: Approximately 4 months to complete Suggested pace of 2 hours/week

Difficulty: Advanced