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PHY 418: Statistical Mechanics I
Prof. S. Teitel stte@pas.rochester.edu  Spring 2018
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lecture 6
Curvature of free energies and stability requirements for response functions, heat engines, thermodynamic efficiency, Carnot cycle

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Kinetic theory of ideal gas, Maxwell velocity distribution, Ergodic hypothesis, statisitcal ensembles, density matrix

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lecture 8
Liouville's theorem, microcanonical ensemble, density of states and connection to entropy
HW#1 due

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lecture 9
Entropy of the ideal gas and problem of extensivity, entropy of mixing and Gibbs paradox, indistinguishable particles

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lecture 10
The canonical ensemble and the canonical partition function, Helholtz free energy and the canonical partition function, energy fluctuations, equivalence of canonical and microcanonical ensembles in the thermodynamic limit

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lecture 11
Average energy vs most probably energy, Stirling's formula, factoring the canonical partition function for noninteracting objects, the ideal gas in the canonical ensemble
HW#2 due

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lecture 12
Maxwell velocity distribution revisited, the virial theorm, the equipartition theorem, elastic vibrations of a solid and the law of Dulong and Petit, paramagnetism of classical spins

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lecture 13
The Curie law of paramagnetic susceptibility, a note about the proper choice of coordinates, entropy and information



