MSE-204 / 4 credits

Teacher: Tileli Vasiliki

Language: English


This course establishes the basic concepts of thermodynamics and defines the main state functions. The concepts are then applied to the study of phase diagrams of various systems.


1. Thermodynamic system and the laws of thermodynamics. Work and Heat. Reversibility.

2. Auxiliary functions and their relationships. Chemical potential.

3. Treatment of mixtures. Molar and partial molar variables.

4. Thermodynamics of gases. Ideal and real solutions

5. Introduction to phases

6. Single component phase diagrams.

7. Binary phase diagrams.

8. Metastability of phases.

9. Reacting systems.

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering

Recommended courses

Various courses of the Materials science and engineering section

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Analyze a thermodynamics problem
  • Compute the changes in entropy, enthalpy and Gibbs free energy
  • Construct a phase diagram
  • Interpret the chemical potential

Teaching methods

Ex cathedra, videos, et exercises

In the programs

  • Semester: Fall
  • Exam form: During the semester (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Thermodynamics for materials science
  • Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Type: mandatory

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