The Statistical Thermodynamics Specialization offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Colorado Boulder is designed for those entering advanced fields such as combustion, high temperature gas dynamics, environmental sciences, or materials processing, or wishes to build a background for understanding advanced experimental diagnostic techniques in these or similar fields.
It covers the relationship between macroscopic and microscopic thermodynamics and derives properties for gases, liquids and solids. It also covers non-equilibrium behavior as found in kinetic theory and chemical kinetics.
The main innovation is the use of the postulatory approach to introducing fundamental concepts and the very clear connection between macroscopic and microscopic thermodynamics.
By introducing basic ideas using postulates, students are given a very straightforward way to think about important concepts, including entropy and temperature, ensembles and quantum mechanics.
Applied Learning Project
Assessment for the five courses in this specialization will be carried out using short, auto-graded problem sets that will test mastery of content presented in videos. Students will also be asked to submit problems without a clear method of solution for peer-review and to solve other problems on discussion boards.
Please note that many problems require data that is included in my textbook, but that can also be found online or in course resources.
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- Fundamentals of Macroscopic and Microscopic Thermodynamics
- Quantum Mechanics
- Ideal Gases
- Dense Gases, Liquids and Solids
- Non-Equilibrium Applications of Statistical Thermodynamics
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- 4 months
- 2 hrs/week
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DisciplinesPhysics Energy & Power Engineering General Engineering & Technology View 18 other Short Courses in Physics in United States
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.
- B.S. degree in mechanical, aerospace or chemical engineering.
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InternationalFreeTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 0 USD for the full programme during 4 months.
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Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You'll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. You'll need to complete this step for each course in the Specialization, including the Capstone Project.
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