Ge 212 Thermodynamics of Geological Systems

Fall 2017

Syllabus (revised 11/1/17)

 

Professor:  Paul Asimow (253 Arms; asimow@gps.caltech.edu; x4133)

 

Teaching Assistant:  There is no T/A. It's just me this year.

 

Collaboration Policy: See the Ge101 policy sheet.

 

Lecture Times:  MWF 10:00 – 10:55 AM in 267 Arms.

 

Required Text:

Thermodynamics of Natural Systems, 2nd edition, by G. M. Anderson, Cambridge University Press 2009 (hereafter TNS). This is a new book, free of the errors that plagued the previous edition, and available as new rather than icky reprinted copies. Cambridge Press has a website of associated free material at http://www.cambridge.org/0521847729.

 

Class Website: http://www.asimow.com/Ge212.html may be used in various ways as the class develops.

 

Subject to Revision: e.g., there are 7 problem sets listed below but we may only get through 6 of them. Just so you know.

 

Syllabus:

WEEK 1: September 25, 27, 29

   Concepts, Mathematical Background, Definitions

   Reading: TNS Chapters 1-2

 

WEEK 2: October 2, 4, 6

   The Laws of Thermodynamics

   Problem Set 1 due Monday 10/2

   Reading: TNS Chapters 3-4

 

WEEK 3: October 9, 11, 13 ('Add day' is Friday 10/13)

   Detour into statistical mechanics; standard state properties 

   Problem Set 2 due Wednesday 10/11

   Reading: TNS Chapter 5

 

WEEK 4: October 16, 18, 20

   One-component systems

   Problem Set 3 due Friday 10/20

   Reading: TNS Chapter 6 

 

WEEK 5: October 23, 25, 27 (PDA will be at GSA 10/23; I will record the lecture and send it out as a YouTube video)

   Ideal and non-ideal solutions

   Midterm week bonus: no problem set due

   Reading: TNS Chapter 7-8

 

WEEK 6: October 30; November 1, 3

   Law of mass action and open systems

   Problem Set 4 due Wednesday 11/1

   Reading: TNS Chapters 9-10

 

WEEK 7: November 6, 8, 10

   Solids, gases, and stoichiometric liquids

   Problem Set 5 due Friday 11/10

   Reading: TNS Chapters 11, 13(!), 14

 

WEEK 8: November 13, 15, 17 ('Drop day' is Wednesday 11/15)

   Aqueous solutions and speciated liquids

   Problem Set 6 due Monday 11/20

   Reading: TNS Chapters 15-16

 

WEEK 9: November 20, 22 (Thanksgiving break includes Friday)

   Redox equilibria; irreversible thermodynamics

   Thanksgiving week bonus: no new problem set

   Reading: TNS Chapters 12,18

 

WEEK 10: November 27, 29; December 1

   Phase equilibria and ternary systems

   Problem Set 7 due Wednesday 11/29

   Reading: TNS Chapter 17

 

Exam available Friday December 1, due by 5:00 PM Friday December 8.

 

Grading:

                  Problem Sets 75%

                  Final Exam 25%