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Unformatted text preview: Herzfeld Fall 2011 Chem 141A Thermodynamics and Statistical Thermodynamics Thermodynamics is concerned with the quantitative relationships that govern the behavior of systems with respect energy transfer, particularly via heat ( thermos ) and work ( dynamics ). Classical thermodynamics offers powerful generalizations that make no reference whatsoever to the internal structure of the system. On the other hand, statistical themodynamics seeks to relate macroscopic behavior to our ideas about the particles that constitute the system. The >10 23 degrees of freedom that this encompasses, makes the project appear daunting. However, regularities are amenable to succinct statistical expression with predictions that agree satisfyingly with experiment. The goals of this course are to become adept at using the tools of classical and statistical thermodynamics and familiar with the manner and results of a variety of significant applications. ~~~~~ Instructor: Judith Herzfeld, firstname.lastname@example.org For information about my background & research interests see http://people.brandeis.edu/~herzfeld ....
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