Thermodynamics as a subject came out of the industrial revolution and the desire to see how much work can be produced from a steam engine. The subject of thermodynamics however is of much greater utility and generality. This course is the first of a series of courses on the subject. This course is meant to provide an introduction to some of the concepts used in thermodynamics, and then to express the laws of thermodynamics using those concepts.
Although this course is meant to be an introductory course, it assumes basic knowledge of mechanics (in particular the concept of work) and of calculus.
The course outline is as follows:
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