MIT Energy Initiative
Energy Classes at MIT

Thermodynamics and Kinetics

Meets Energy Minor Requirements

Core - Science

Instructor

Class Number

5.60

Level

Undergraduate

Term

Fall, Spring

Day

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:00 am-

Description

Equilibrium properties of macroscopic systems. Basic thermodynamics: state of a system, state variables. Work, heat, first law of thermodynamics, thermochemistry. Second and third law of thermodynamics: entropy and free energy, including the molecular basis for these thermodynamic functions. Phase equilibrium and properties of solutions. Chemical equilibrium of reactions in gas and solution phases. Rates of chemical reactions. Special attention to thermodynamics related to global energy issues.

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