This course develops the mathematical structure of thermodynamics with emphasis on relations between thermodynamic variables and equations of state. These concepts are then applied to homogeneous and heterogeneous phase equilibrium, culminating in the construction of representative binary and ternary phase diagrams of petrological significance.
Tu, Th 2:00-3:20
HGS 180 Instructor
Hinds 521; (773) 834-1085
Office hours by appointment
The syllabus and other class materials will be posted on Canvas.
Thermodynamics in Earth and Planetary Sciences, by J. Ganguly (ISBN 978-3642095993, or hardcover 978-3540773054)
Great news! This book is available at no cost on SpringerLink through our library, and downloadable in either PDF or ePub format.
The course will approximately follow the structure of the textbook. We will cover at least chapters 1 through 9, and pick topics among the later chapters as time permits.
First and second Laws of thermodynamics
Thermodynamic potentials and derivative properties
Third law of thermodynamics, and thermochemistry
Equations of state and critical phenomena
Phase transitions, including melting
Thermodynamics of Earth's interior
Thermodynamics of solutions
Solid solution mixing models
Multicomponent geological systems
Final exam: Tuesday, December 5, 1:30-3:30