2020 Basic Thermodynamics (TSE)

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Undergraduate major in Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering
Cheng Shuo 
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Course description and aims

“Thermodynamics ” is a very important branch of “Physical Chemistry”. This course aims to teach the fundamentals of thermodynamics, explain the behavior of many particles, and try to use mathematics in order to control and estimate the global behavior of a great number of independent objects.
I will outline the ideal gas property, gas molecular kinetic theory, actual gas, and give a lecture on the fundamentals of thermodynamics such as the introduction of heat and temperature, first, second and third law of thermodynamics, enthalpy, and entropy.

Student learning outcomes

After studying this subject, the students should be able to;
1. acquire the basic knowledge of thermodynamics.
2. apply their knowledge to develop his/her own ability to derive thermodynamical solutions for general and even new problems.


First Law of Thermodynamics, Enthalpy, Adiabatic Process, Carnot Cycle, Reversible Process, Irreversible Process, the Second Law of Thermodynamics, the Third Law of Thermodynamics, Entropy.

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Towards the end of classes, students will be asked to make exercise problems related to the topics in the class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction (basic for thermodynamics, units) Understand the principle of basic thermodynamics and units
Class 2 Ideal Gas Law Understand the principle of Ideal Gas Law
Class 3 Gas molecular dynamics, Gas pressure Understand the principle of gas molecular dynamics and gas pressure
Class 4 Real Gas Law Understand the principle of Real Gas Law
Class 5 First Law of Thermodynamics, Enthalpy Understand the principle of First Law of Thermodynamics and Enthalpy
Class 6 The Second Law and the Third Law of Thermodynamics, Entropy Understand the principle of the Second and the Third Law of Thermodynamics, and Entropy
Class 7 Free Energy Understand the principle of Free Energy



Reference books, course materials, etc.

"Thermodynamics and Chemistry", Second Edition, Version 8, October 2016, Howard DeVoe

Assessment criteria and methods

Course scores are based on exercise problems and final examination

Related courses

  • TSE.A201 : Material and Molecular Engineering

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

Basic of Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics

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