In this 7-part course, the basics of thermodynamics are discussed in a series of PDF files and Video lectures. The PDF files average 11 pages in outline format and MP4 video lectures average 30 minutes.
PRODUCT OVERVIEW (part 7 of 7):
The topics discussed so far fall under the moniker of classical thermodynamics. This is because they are based on empirical observations and experimentations of the macro state. None of the results stated so far rely on a deep understanding of the molecular or atomic composition of the materials being studied.
In this seventh and final chapter we move forward into more modern thermodynamics which analyzing the motion of molecules and atoms (the micro state) within the substances involved. The first theory presented, kinetic theory, has as its foundation the basic understanding that it is atoms which constitute a gas. Therefore a physical treatment of the behavior and movement of atoms will reveal several important results. The second theory being studied, statistical thermodynamics or statistical mechanics goes even further and analyzes whole collections of atoms in an attempt to understand their behavior. While this is a very brief overview of two very advanced topics, the purpose here is to show how modern physics has lent insight into the traditional formulations of thermodynamics.
Topics covered include:
1. Fundamentals of Kinetic Theory
2. Applications of Kinetic Theory
3. Statistical Mechanics Fundamentals
4. Applications of Statistical Mechanics
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