GEOS 21400/31400: Thermodynamics and Phase Change
University of Chicago, Fall 2017

Course Description
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

Andrew Campbell
Hinds 521; (773) 834-1085
Office hours by appointment

Class Website
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.

Course Schedule
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


Midterm exam
Final exam