Location: Physics 130

See also:

"Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics" by F. Reif

"Thermodynamics and an Introduction to Thermostatistics", by H.B. Callen

"Thermal Physics" by C. Kittel and H. Kroemer

You may also have a look at a longer list of useful textbooks on my page for PHY 763, the graduate Statistical Mechanics.

1. Energy and temperature; ideal gas; equipartition; the First Law; heat capacity.

2. Entropy and the Second Law. Statistics of two-state system, Einstein solid model and multiplicity of an ideal gas; statistical definition of entropy.

3. Temperature, pressure, and chemical potential. Entropy and heat; heat capacity revisited; examples: paramagnet, Einstein solid, and ideal gas (microcanonical ensemble).

4. Engines and Refrigerators. Carnot cycle; limits on efficiency from the laws of thermodynamics; example: methods of reaching very low temperatures.

5. Free Energy and Thermodynamics. Definitions and interpretations of Helmholtz and Gibbs free energies; phase transformations.

6. Boltzmann Statistics. Boltzmann factor and partition function; examples: atomic and molecular excitations, paramagnetism, equipartition theorem revisited, Maxwell distribution, ideal gases.

7. Quantum Statistics. Gibbs factor; Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein distributions; degenerate electron gases; blackbody radiation; Debye theory; Bose-Einstein condensation.

8. Advanced topics (as time permits): kinetics, second order phase transitions, entropy and information.

Graded Material

Problem sets (mostly weekly): 40 %

Midterm exam: 20 %

Final exam: 40 %

Final
EXAM

MWF/MW/WF, PERIOD 4, 1:25 or 1:40 PM Saturday, May 2 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Spring *2015, last updated: 12-Jan**-**2015.*

Originally prepared for Spring 2014.

MWF/MW/WF, PERIOD 4, 1:25 or 1:40 PM Saturday, May 2 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Originally prepared for Spring 2014.