ASE 382R.6 /
ME 381Q.4 - Molecular Gas Dynamics
on UT Blackboard
||MWF 10:00-10:50, WRW 312
||Prof. Philip L. Varghese
||MWF: 11:00-12:00, other times by
focuses on the molecular description of physical and chemical
processes in gases. The molecular viewpoint is essential to
understand processes that occur at very high or low
temperature and pressure, in high speed and rarefied gas
flows, etc. Additionally, the microscopic viewpoint provides
insight into the the behavior of fluids at ordinary
will provide you with a basic working knowledge of the
kinetic theory of gases, chemical thermodynamics, and
statistical mechanics. These analytical tools will then be
applied to the study of equilibrium gas properties over wide
temperature ranges, the kinetics of physical and chemical
reactions, and the interaction of matter with radiation.
material is useful in studies of combustion chemistry, high
temperature and rarefied gas dynamics, CVD plasmas,
hypersonics, gas diagnostics with lasers, etc.
- The microscopic basis of
thermodynamic and transport properties (~6 lectures).
- Kinetic theory of equilibrium
gases (~8 lectures).
- Chemical thermodynamics and
non-equilibrium (~7 lectures).
- Statistical mechanics (~12
- Properties of non-equilibrium
gases including dissociation and ionization (~5 lectures).
- Additional topics based on
students' interests - e.g. shock calculations with
variable gas properties, vibrational relaxation, chemical
kinetics, etc. (~6 lectures).
Physical Gas Dynamics, by W. G. Vincenti and C. H. Kruger, R.
Krieger Publishing Company (1982).
six problems per week typically. Solutions to assignments will
be placed in the library two days after they are assigned.
Assignments will not be collected or graded, but if you don't
do them you will have trouble on tests and final.
25% each, Final 50%. All tests open textbook and notes, but no