Introduces the three laws of thermodynamics as the fundamental basis for thermal and chemical equilibrium, coupled with statistical mechanical interpretations for entropy. Applies these principles to understand the equilibrium behavior of matter, with a focus on condensed liquid and solid phases. Develops concepts of phase equilibria, phase diagrams, chemical reactions, solution behavior and electrochemistry. Includes an introduction to statistical mechanics and applications in ideal gas behavior, gas and crystal heat capacity, and electron Fermi-Dirac statistics. Applications and examples will be drawn from a range of sub-disciplines spanning metallurgy to polymers.
Course is offered for the Co-op program. Students not participating in the Co-op program are welcome to enroll assuming prerequisites are met. This course is subject to cancellation if there is no Co-op student enrollment and extremely low enrollment.
PHYS 1112. Non-Cornell students must get permission from instructor to enroll.
MSE 2610 or equivalent background
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