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10.40 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, Fall 2003

Diagram of a generalized open simple system.
Generalized open simple system. (Figure by OCW. Adapted from Tester, J. W. and Modell, Michael. Thermodynamics and Its Applications. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall PTR, 1997, p. 46. ISBN: 0-13-915356-X.)

Highlights of this Course

This course includes supplementary notes for selected chapters of the textbook in the study materials section.

Course Description

This course aims to connect the principles, concepts, and laws/postulates of classical and statistical thermodynamics to applications that require quantitative knowledge of thermodynamic properties from a macroscopic to a molecular level. It covers their basic postulates of classical thermodynamics and their application to transient open and closed systems, criteria of stability and equilibria, as well as constitutive property models of pure materials and mixtures emphasizing molecular-level effects using the formalism of statistical mechanics. Phase and chemical equilibria of multicomponent systems are covered. Applications are emphasized through extensive problem work relating to practical cases.


Prof. Jefferson Tester
Prof. Bernhardt Trout

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
2 hours / session




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