- To understand the most important physical quantities that characterize
the bulk properties of (macroscopic) matter and the relationships
between these quantities.
- To understand the laws of thermodynamics and how they regulate
macroscopic physical processes, with special attention to energy,
volume, and particle exchange between systems and to transformations
- To develop tools for characterizing bulk matter at the macroscopic
- To understand the relationship between the microscopic view (statistical
mechanics) and the macroscopic view (thermodynamics) of matter.