Fall 2013


Listed in: Geology, as GEOL-431

Formerly listed as: GEOL-43


Jack Thomas Cheney (Section 01)


This course examines the principles of thermodynamics, via the methodology of J. Willard Gibbs, with an emphasis upon multicomponent heterogeneous systems. These principles are used to study equilibria germane to the genesis and evolution of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Specific applications include: the properties of ideal and real crystalline solutions, geothermometry, geobarometry, and the Gibbs method--the analytic formulation of phase equilibria. This course also introduces the student to the algebraic and geometric representations of chemical compositions of both homogeneous and heterogeneous systems. Four class hours each week.

Requisite: GEOL 271 or CHEM 161, or PHYS 116 or 123.  Fall semester. Professor Cheney.


Quantitative Reasoning


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2013, Fall 2019