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Spring 2012-2013
* CBE 246 (STN)   na, npdf

Thermodynamics

Pablo G. Debenedetti

The course focuses on basic principles governing the equilibrium behavior of macroscopic systems and their applications to materials and processes of interest in modern chemical engineering. In the first half of the course we introduce the fundamental concepts: energy conservation (First Law); temperature and entropy (Second Law); thermodynamic potentials; equilibrium and stability; and the molecular basis of thermodynamics. These ideas are then applied to problems such as calculating the equilibrium composition of coexisting phases and reacting mixtures or analyzing the thermodynamic efficiency of cooling and power generation cycles.

Sample reading list:
Panagiotopoulos, Essential Thermodynamics
Sandler, Chemical, Biochemical and Engineering Thermodynamics
Denbigh, The Principles of Chemical Equilibrium
Dill and Bromberg, Molecular Driving Forces

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly problem sets. Two in-class quizzes.

Requirements/Grading:
Final Exam - 30%
Quizzes - 35%
Problem set(s) - 35%

Other Requirements:
Course is required for concentrators

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
CBE 245 and MAT 201 or permission of the instructor..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41613 L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am M W F   Friend Center   006   Enrolled:60 Limit:80
P01 7:30 pm - 8:50 pm W   Friend Center   006   Enrolled:0 Limit:75