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PHYS 333 Classical Thermodynamics

Scope and nature of macrsocopic description and thermodynamics. Types of thermodynamic systems, extensive and intensive thermodynamic variables and state functions, equilibrium states. Quasi-static processes, modes of energy transfer, distinction between heat and work, the first law of thermodynamics. Entropy and second law of thermodynamics. Gibbsian concept of fundamental equation, maximum entropy principle (EMP). Deduction of conditions for thermal, mechanical and chemical equilibrium from MEP. Reversible processes and heat engines. Legendre transforms and thermodynamic potentials ( Enthalpy, Helmholtz free energy, Gibbs Free energy and grand potential). Thermodynamic derivatives and response coefficients, Maxwell relations and other relations and inequalities between thermodynamic properties. Stability of thermodynamic systems, LeChatelier principle. Phase transitions and critical phenomena. Gibbs phase rule. Phase diagrams. Credit units: 3 ECTS Credit units: 5, Prerequisite: PHYS 211.

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