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CHE 210A: Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics UCSB Department of Chemical Engineering schedule: MWF 2:00-2:50pm / Tu 1:00-1:50pm / M 1:00-1:50pm (makeup lecs) room: 3301 Engineering II web page: www.engr.ucsb.edu/~shell/che210a/ course announcements: thermopia.blogspot.com (You can subscribe to updates via email.) Course description At their most basic level, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics are the sciences of equilibrium. Thermodynamics takes a macroscopic, bulk point of view, whereas statistical mechanics establishes the principles of equilibrium at the microscopic, molecular level. This course will integrate both perspectives to discuss the general features and properties of equilibrium, the relationships and constraints among thermodynamic variables, and simple models of gases, liquids, and solids. A strong emphasis will be placed on understanding the relationship between macroscopic, bulk behavior and molecular interactions. Instructor Professor M. Scott Shell Office: Engineering II 3321 Phone: (805) 893-4346 Email: [email protected] Office hours: TBA (or by appointment, or stop by my office if my door is fully open) Reader Zoltan Mester Email: [email protected] Main course text The main text for this course will be the online lecture notes provided on the course website. Other recommended texts Molecular Driving Forces: Statistical Thermodynamics in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Nanoscience Ken Dill and Sarina Bromberg, Garland Science, 2010 This an excellent modern introductory text to the subject particularly well-suited for self study.
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