Why is Thermodynamics so Hard to Learn and Harder yet to Teach?

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Dr. Richard Ghez

Dr. Richard Ghez
Department of Materials Engineering, The Technion Haifa, Israel

Thermodynamics is viewed, most often, through the lens of equilibrium processes. And yet, transport equations also rely heavily on thermodynamic principles. These equations govern irreversible behavior in the interior of any macroscopic system, and equilibria largely control their boundary conditions. Because irreversible phenomena are the norm rather than the exception in our daily experience, their inclusion, from the start, would facilitate the learning and teaching of Thermodynamics. This requires a mature grasp of Transport Theory and of Mathematics.