MSE 708 Thermodynamics of Materials 
This course is divided into three parts: a review of classical thermodynamics, an introduction to statistical thermodynamics and materialsrelevant applications of classical and statistical thermodynamics. Topics include: mathematical background, fundamental laws of thermodynamics, equilibrium and irreversible processes, open, closed and isolated systems, multicomponent systems, partition functions and particle distribution functions, ideal gases, solution thermodynamics, heat capacity of crystals, rubber elasticity, surface and interface thermodynamics and thermodynamics of nanoscale systems. 3 credit hours. 

• Prerequisite  

An undergraduate course in thermodynamics or consent of the instructor. 

• Course Objectives  
To understand the underlying thermodynamic principles of materials governing their structure, properties and function in selected applications. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:


• Course Requirements  
HOMEWORK: 7 homework assignments (~40 problems) EXAMINATIONS: Three including the final exam. The final exam is not comprehensive. 

• Textbook  
Thermodynamics in Materials Science, 2nd edition by Robert DeHoff (Taylor and Francis, 2006). Selected chapters will be covered from this text and additional supplementary material will be provided in the class notes. 

• Computer and Internet Requirements  
NCSU and Engineering Online have recommended minimum specifications for computers. For details, click here. 

• Instructor  
Dr. C. Maurice Balik, Professor Material Science Engineering Engineering Building I (EB1) 3078C, Box 7907 NCSU Campus Raleigh, NC 27695 
Phone: 9195152126 Fax: 9195157724 Email: balik@ncsu.edu 
