Physics 418: Statistical Mechanics I
Prof. S. Teitel ----- Spring 2005

Lecture Notes

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  • Lecture 1 - basic postulates of classical thermodynamics; extensive and intensive variables; maximum entropy principle and conditions for equilibrium

  • Lecture 2 - concavity of entropy; Euler relation; Gibbs-Duhem relation; minimum energy principle

  • Lecture 3 - Legendre transform and alternate thermodynamic potentials: Helmholtz and Gibbs free energies, enthalpy, the grand potential

  • Lecture 4 - reservoirs, minimum principle for free energies, Maxwell relations, response functions

  • Lecture 5 - response functions: relations between them and conditions imposed by the requirements of thermodynamic stability

  • Lecture 6 - kinetic theory of the ideal gas law, Maxwell's velocity distribution, statistical ensembles and the ergodic hypothesis

  • Lecture 7 - Liouville's Theorem and equilibrium ensembles, density of states and number of states in the microcanonical ensemble

  • Lecture 8 - number of states and entropy, the ideal gas, entropy of mixing and Gibbs' parodox

  • Lecture 9 - indistinguishable particles, the canonical ensemble, the canonical partition function and the Helmholtz free energy

  • Lecture 10 - energy fluctuations, equivalence of canonical and microcanonical ensembles, Stirling's formula, factorization of canonical partition function for non-interacting particles

  • Lecture 11 - virial and equipartition theorems, thermal vibrations of crystals and the Law of Dulong and Petit, Curie paramagnetism

  • Lecture 12 - entropy and information theory

  • Lecture 13 - grand canonical ensemble, energy and particle fluctuations

  • Lecture 14 - grand canonical partition function for non-interacting particles, chemical equilibrium, quantum ensembles

  • Lecture 15 - quantum many particle systems, Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac statistics

  • Lecture 16 - two particle density matrix, grand partition function for non-interacting fermions and bosons

  • Lecture 17 - average occupation numbers for bosons and fermions, the classical limit of quantum ensembles, harmonic oscillator vs. bosons

  • Lecture 18 - Debye theory of the specific heat of solids, black body radiation

  • Lecture 19 - ideal quantum gases, single particle density of states, the "standard" functions, quantum correction to the equation of state at low densities, degenerate Fermi gas at T=0

  • Lecture 20 - degenerate Fermi gas: Sommerfeld expansion at low T, specific heat, Pauli paramagnetism

  • Lecture 21 - Pauli paramagnetism continued, ideal bose gas and Bose-Einstein condensation

  • Lecture 22 - thermodynamics of Bose-Einstein condensation, BEC in laser cooled atomic gases

  • Lecture 23 - classical gas of molecules with internal degrees of freedom

  • Lecture 24 - the classical non-ideal gas and the Mayer cluster expansion

  • Lecture 25 - the virial expansion and the Van der Waals equation of state

  • Lecture 26 - the Van der Waals theory of the liquid-gas phase transition

  • Lecture 27 - the Van der Waals theory of the liquid-gas phase transition continued

  • Lecture 28 - free energy along the coexistence curve, Clausisu-Clapeyron relation, Gibbs phase rule (notes combined with those of lecture 27)

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