Archived Versions

5.60 Thermodynamics & Kinetics

As taught in: Spring 2008

Relationship between a reversible engine and Carnot cycle.

Interaction between a reversible engine (A) and a reversible ideal gas Carnot cycle (B). (Illustration courtesy of MIT OpenCourseWare.)




Prof. Keith A. Nelson

Prof. Moungi Bawendi

Course Features

Course Description

This subject deals primarily with equilibrium properties of macroscopic systems, basic thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium of reactions in gas and solution phase, and rates of chemical reactions.


The material for 5.60 has evolved over a period of many years, and therefore several faculty members have contributed to the development of the course contents. The following are known to have assisted in preparing the lecture notes available on OpenCourseWare: Emeritus Professors of Chemistry: Robert A. Alberty, Carl W. Garland, Irwin Oppenheim, John S. Waugh. Professors of Chemistry: Moungi Bawendi, John M. Deutch, Robert W. Field, Robert G. Griffin, Keith A. Nelson, Robert J. Silbey, Jeffrey I. Steinfeld. Professor of Bioengineering and Computer Science: Bruce Tidor. Professor of Chemistry, Rice University: James L. Kinsey. Professor of Physics, University of Illinois: Philip W. Phillips.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.