Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Because you wanted to take more thermo: Chris Cramer, University of Minnesota, 1/19/15

Chris Cramer is not unknown to readers of this blog -- here's my interview with him on his MOOC, "Statistical Molecular Thermodynamics."

He's teaching it again this year. It is starting January 19, 2015 and running with eight weeks of content. Learn more here!


  1. Appropriate picture. Perhaps the quote "Thermodynamics owes more to the steam engine than the steam engine owes to thermodynamics" should be added.

  2. Come one, come all. Get your degree in the steam engine. It will totally be worth it, and not obsolete in the five years it takes you to acquire it.

  3. A minor quibble: in the picture should the equation not be internal energy delta U rather than dU equal to the change in enthalpy plus change in external work? dU means an infinitesimal change of the internal energy of the system whereas delta means a macroscopic change.

    1. I know this is a half a year late, but the heat and work quantities are differential amounts also - the difference is that heat and work are path functions. These are inexact differentials, which is why a lower case delta instead of a lower case d is used.


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