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Physics 418: Statistical Mechanics I
Prof. S. Teitel stte@pas.rochester.edu  Spring 2002
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Lecture 3
Legendre transform, free energies Callen Chpt. 5

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Lecture 4
Minimization principles, 2nd derivates Callen Chpt. 6,7

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Lecture 5
Make up: 12:30 BL 270
Stability, kinetic theory, ensembles, ergodic hypothesis Callen Chpt. 8, Pathria Chpt. 2

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Lecture 6
Liouville's theorem, microcanonical ensemble and entropy Pathria Chpt. 2, 1

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Lecture 7
Entropy of mixing, indistinguishable particles, canonical ensemble Pathria Chpt. 1,3

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Lecture 8
Make up: 12:30 BL 270
Helmholtz free energy, equivalence of canonical and microcanonical ensembles, noninteracting particles Pathria Chpt. 3

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Lecture 9
Virial and equipartition theorems, law of Dulong and Petit, Curie paramagnetism Pathria Chpt. 3
HW 1 due

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Lecture 10
Entropy and information theory, grand canonical ensemble Plischke and Bergersen Chpt. 2E, Pathria Chpt. 4

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Lecture 11
Make up: 12:30 BL 270
Grand potential and grand canonical ensemble, fluctuations, noninteracting particles, ideal gas Pathria Chpt. 4

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Lecture 12
Quantum ensembles, density matrix, harmonic oscillator, FermiDirac and BoseEinstein symmetries of many particle systems Pathria Chpt. 5

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Lecture Canceled


