FACULTY OF ENGINEERINGGEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING

GEOE318 GEOCHEMICAL THERMODYNAMICS

Course Code: 5640318
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-0)
ECTS Credit: 5.0
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Course Coordinator: Prof.Dr. NİLGÜN TÜRKAN GÜLEÇ
Offered Semester: Spring Semesters.
Prerequisite: Set 1: 2340112
The course set above should be completed before taking GEOE318 GEOCHEMICAL THERMODYNAMICS .

Course Objective

The objective of this course is to describe the basic principles of thermodynamics in a geochemical context providing examples for the application of these principles to the natural systems of geological concern. The course is intended to develop students’ ability to apply a quantitative reasoning to solution of geologic problems.

Course Content

Fundamental concepts-systems, states, equilibrium; the first, second, and third law of thermodynamics; enthalpy, entropy, and free energy. Thermodynamics of solutions. Phase equilibria and phase diagrams. Mineral equilibria-equilibrium constant partial pressure and activity diagrams, Eh-pH diagrams.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, the students are expected i)to be able to apply the principles of thermodynamics to geologic problems for the entire range of pressure and temperature conditions from weathering to magmatism, ii)to have acquired the necessary background for more advance courses in petrology, geochemistry, mineral-melt equilibria and aqueous geochemistry.