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PHY 418: Statistical Mechanics I
Prof. S. Teitel stte@pas.rochester.edu  Spring 2018
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lecture 20
Partition functions for noninteracting quantum and classical ideal gas in the occupation number representation, average occupation number, the classical vs quantum limits of the ideal gas

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lecture 21
The quantized harmonic oscillator as bosons, the Debye model for the specific heat of a solid
HW#5 due

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lecture 22
Black body radiation, the quantum ideal gas, standard functions, pressure, particle density, energy

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lecture 23
Leading quantum correction to the ideal gas equation of state, the degenerate Fermi gas, Fermi energy, ground state energy, specific heat

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lecture 24
Chemical potential of a degenerate Fermi gas at finite temperature, Pauli paramagnetism
Supplement:
The Sommerfeld expansion
HW#6 due

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lecture 25
The ideal Bose gas, BoseEinstein condensation in an ideal gas of free bosons

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lecture 26
Classical spin models, constant magnetization vs constant magnetic field ensembles, broken symmetry and the possibility for a phase transition in the thermodynamic limit, Ising phase diagram

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HW#7 due by noon in hw locker

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lecture 27
Meanfield solution of the Ising model, critical exponents

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lecture 28
Meanfield solution and critical exponents continued, Maxwell construction, exact solution of the one dimensional Ising model



