2016 Thermodynamics

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International Development Engineering
Hinode Hirofumi 
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Course description and aims

Thermodynamics started from early in the 19th century as an academic theory to pursue energy conversion between heat and work, and developed into an academic field exploring the roots of all natural phenomena. It is indispensable for the analysis of chemical reactions and elucidation of their mechanisms. This course explains the basic concept and analytical methods of thermodynamics from a macroscopic point of view.

Student learning outcomes

By completing this course, students will be able to:
1) understand the basic concept of thermodynamics
2) possess the basic knowledge necessary for understanding thermodynamics.


thermodynamics, ideal gas, real gas, phase transformation

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

During the first 80 minutes of each class, the contents are presented using a projector. The remaining 10 minutes are allotted to a quiz regarding the lecture contents.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Outline of the course, physical quantities and units Check your understanding of units and conversion.
Class 2 The law of ideal gas (the empirical formula) Check your understanding of the law of ideal gas and the kinetic theory of gases.
Class 3 The law of ideal gas (the theoretical formula) Check your understanding of the ideal gas model.
Class 4 The van der Waals equation of state The van der Waals equation of state Check your understanding of the difference between the ideal gas and real gas.
Class 5 Phase equilibirium (1) one component phase diagram Check your understanding of the basic phase diagram.
Class 6 phase equilibirium (2) two components phase diagram Check your understanding of the two components phase diagram.
Class 7 Chemical equilibrium Check your understanding of chemical equilibrium.
Class 8 Final examination Summary of the course and check overall level of understanding.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials are distributed at each lecture.

Assessment criteria and methods

Exercise problems in each class and final examination.

Related courses

  • TSE.A201 : Material and Molecular Engineering
  • TSE.A202 : Solid Mechanics and Structure Engineering

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

No prerequisites

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Hirofumi Hinode:hinode[at]ide.titech,ac.jp

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