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PHY 418: Statistical Mechanics I
Prof. S. Teitel stte@pas.rochester.edu  Spring 2011
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lecture 7
microcanonical ensemble, density of states and connection to entropy, entropy of the ideal gas and problem of extensivity
HW #1 due

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lecture 8
entropy of mixing and Gibbs' paradox, indistinguishable particles, canonical ensemble

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lecture 9
Helholtz free energy and the canonical partition function, energy fluctuations, equivalence of canonical and microcanonical ensembles in the thermodynamic limit, average energy vs most probably energy, Stirling's formula
HW #2 due

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lecture 10
factoring the canonical partition function for noninteracting objects, Maxwell velocity distribution revisited, the virial theorm

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lecture 11
the equipartition theorem, elastic vibrations of a solid and the law of Dulong and Petit, paramagnetism of classical spins and the Curie law of paramagnetic susceptibility

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lecture 12
entropy and information
HW #3 due

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lecture 13
the grand canonical partition function and the grand potential, fluctuations in the number of particles
drop/add/audit deadline

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lecture 14
fluctuations in the grand canonical ensemble, the grand canonical partition function for noninteracting particles, chemical equilibrium, a gas in equilibrium with a surface of absorption sites



