20.110 Thermodynamics of Biomolecular Systems

Class Info

Equilibrium properties of macroscopic and microscopic systems. Basic thermodynamics: state of a system, state variables. Work, heat, first law of thermodynamics, thermochemistry. Second and third law of thermodynamics: entropy and its statistical basis, Gibbs function. Chemical equilibrium of reactions in gas and solution phase. Macromolecular structure and interactions in solution. Driving forces for molecular self-assembly. Binding cooperativity, solvation, titration of macromolecules.

This class has 18.02, 3.091, 5.111, and 8.01 as prerequisites.

20.110 will be offered this semester (Fall 2017). It is instructed by M. Birnbaum C. Voigt.

Lecture occurs 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in 4-270.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

In the Fall 2015 Subject Evaluations, 20.110 was rated 4.2 out of 7.0. You can find more information on MIT OpenCourseWare at the Thermodynamics of Biomolecular Systems site or on the 20.110 Stellar site.

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