This page is managed by Dr. John L. Falconer (University of Colorado Boulder).

Syllabi, schedules, course notes

  • University of Nevada, Reno: Detailed syllabus
  • University of Colorado Boulder: Syllabus, schedule, and an all-inclusive digital Microsoft OneNote notebook that uses active learning and a flipped classroom. It contains class notes, ConcepTests, pre-class assignments, recommended screencasts and simulations, homework problems (and solutions), and sample exams (with solutions). Contact to obtain access.


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  • University of Colorado Boulder: More than 370 short screencast videos for thermodynamics, including examples problems, introduction to topics, software tutorials, exam review problems, and explanations of how to use diagrams.
  • Michigan State University: Screencasts organized by the Elliott and Lira textbook
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Interactive Simulations

  • Instructional modules based on molecular simulations (University of Buffalo): Seven Java-based molecular simulations – piston-cylinder; reaction equilibrium; Osmosis; L-J molecular dynamics; Virial-VLE; Discontinuous molecular dynamics, chemical potential.
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  • Interactive simulations (University of Colorado Boulder): More than 60 Mathematica-based interactive simulations that can be run with a free CDF player plug-in. Their main objective is to demonstrate important concepts in thermodynamics. Most of the simulations have accompanying screencasts that demonstrate how to use the simulation. Topics include energy balances and entropy, cycles, phase equilibrium in pure fluids, fugacity and Departure functions, multi-component VLE equilibrium (ideal and non-ideal solutions), partially miscible and immiscible solutions, homogeneous and heterogeneous chemical equilibrium.
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Thermodynamics ConcepTests

Multiple-choice conceptual questions for use in class with student response systems (clickers)


Useful thermodynamics links

Modules applying thermodynamics to fuel cells