Course Schedule - Fall Semester 2021

     

MECH 484 001 (CRN: 12274)

MICRO THERMO & TRANSPORT

Long Title: MICROSCOPIC THERMODYNAMICS AND TRANSPORT
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Instructor: Wehmeyer, Geoff
Meeting: 1:00PM - 2:15PM TR MEB 128 (23-AUG-2021 - 3-DEC-2021) 
Session: Full Term
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Language of Instruction: Taught in English
Method of Instruction: Face to Face
Credit Hours: 3
Course Syllabus:
Course Materials: Rice Campus Store
 
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Undergraduate Professional
Visiting Undergraduate
Undergraduate
Prerequisites: MECH 481
Section Max Enrollment: 49
Section Enrolled: 13
Total Cross-list Max Enrollment: 69
Total Cross-list Enrolled: 18
Enrollment data as of: 19-AUG-2022 8:36PM
 
Additional Fees: None
 
Final Exam: Take-Home Exam
Final Exam Time:
8-DEC-2021  
2:00PM - 5:00PM W TBA TBA
 
Description: This course introduces concepts in statistical mechanics and non-equilibrium thermodynamics that are used to understand the physical mechanisms of heat transfer, particularly in micro/nanoscale systems. Emphasis is placed on energy storage and thermal transport by electrons, phonons, molecules, and photons. Topics include the kinetic theory of gases, thermodynamic distribution functions, energy carrier dispersion relations, Boltzmann equation modeling of thermal and electrical properties, size effects (classical and quantum-mechanical) on material properties, and thermoelectric energy conversion. Cross-list: MECH 584.