2016 Thermodynamics

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Inorganic Materials
Sakai Etsuo  Shinozaki Kazuo 
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Tue1-2(S7-201)  Fri1-2(S7-201)  
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Course description and aims

This course is to discuss the basic theory and application of thermodynamics, solution and phase diagram.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Explain the basic concept of thermodynamics.
2) Use thermodynamics.
3) Understand and apply phase diagram.


Thermodynamics, Free energy, Entropy, Enthalpy, Ellingham diagram, Solution. Phase diagram

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Slides will be used for explaining the each subjects. Attendance is taken in every class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction and thermal analysis and calorimetry Explain TG-DTA and static calorimetry
Class 2 Thermodynamics: the First law Study about First law, State function, Enthalpy, Temperature dependency.
Class 3 Thermodynamics: the second law and the Gibbs energy Study about The second law, Entropy, Free energy, Maxwell equation.
Class 4 Statistical interpretation for entropy Study about Statistical interpretation of entropy.
Class 5 Thermodynamics: the third law Study about The third law.
Class 6 Relation between the thermodynamic properties and physical properties Study about Richards’s rule, Trouton’s rule, Neumann-Kopp’s rule、Boron-Harber cycle
Class 7 Free energy of heterogeneous system Study about Free energy of heterogeneous system、Free energy of reaction、Ellingham diagram.
Class 8 Achievement test Ti examine as "feed-back"
Class 9 Treatment of Solution (I) partial molar quantity, calculation of partial molar quantity, relations between thermodynamic quantities
Class 10 Treatment of Solution (II) free energy of solution formation, ideal solution, Raoult's law, regular solution, Henry's law
Class 11 Application of quasichemical approach for solution (I) quasichemical approach, attractive interaction, repulsive interaction
Class 12 Application of quasichemical approach for solution (II) application of quasichemical approach for order-disorder reactions, long-range order parameter、short−range order parameter
Class 13 Understanding of binary phase diagram (I) system, phase, equilibrium, Gibbs' phase rule, degree of freedom, single phase diagrambinary phase diagram
Class 14 Understanding of binary phase diagram (II) binary phase diagram, eutectic point, lever rule, congruent melting compound, incongruent melting compound
Class 15 Free energy of binary systems Free energy of binary systems


R. A. Swalin. Thermodynamics of Solids. John Wiley & Sons, New York.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

(Sakai) Course materials are provide during class.
(Shinozaki) All materials used in class can be found on OCW-i.

Assessment criteria and methods

Student's course scores are based on midterm (Sakai:45%) and final (Shinozaki:45%) exams and attendance (10%).

Related courses

  • None

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites.

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