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PHY 418: Statistical Mechanics I
Prof. S. Teitel stte@pas.rochester.edu  Spring 2012
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lecture 6
curvature of free energies and stability requirements for response functions, kinetic theory of ideal gas, Maxwell velocity distribution
lecture 6 supplement
heat engines, thermodynamic efficiency, Carnot cycle

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lecture 7
ergodic hypothesis, statisitcal ensembles, density matrix, Liouville's theorem, microcanonical ensemble, density of states
HW #1 due

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lecture canceled

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lecture 8
density of states and connection to entropy, entropy of the ideal gas and problem of extensivity, entropy of mixing and Gibbs' paradox

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lecture 9
entropy of mixing continued, indistinguishable particles, the canonical ensemble and the canonical partition function

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lecture 10
Helholtz free energy and the canonical partition function, energy fluctuations, equivalence of canonical and microcanonical ensembles in the thermodynamic limit
make up lecture, starts 11 am

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lecture 11
average energy vs most probably energy, Stirling's formula, factoring the canonical partition function for noninteracting objects, Maxwell velocity distribution revisited

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lecture 12
virial theorm, 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
HW #2 due

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class canceled

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class canceled



