Thermodynamic Weirdness

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Thermodynamic Weirdness: A Brief History of Thermodynamics and Its Applications for the Interested Layman 9:30-11:00 a.m. 6-week course begins 3/18. (There will be no class 4/1)
This course is intended for those who desire an introduction to the foundational ideas and everyday applications of thermodynamics. We shall focus on the ideas of classical thermodynamics, expressed in words and elementary algebra. In this course you will learn what thermodynamics has to say about what temperature, energy, heat, work, and entropy mean to the physicist and to you. You will discover the answers to questions of practical value—for example, how heat pumps, air conditioners, and refrigerators work and why rubber bands are stretchy when they are warm, less so when cold.
Required Text: Don S. Lemons, Thermodynamic Weirdness, (The MIT Press, 2020), ISBN 978-0262538947. Jonathan Mitschele has a Ph.D. in physical chemistry and taught chemistry and physics at Saint Joseph’s College in Standish for 31 years and summer courses in thermodynamics at Indiana University.