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PHY 418: Statistical Mechanics I
Prof. S. Teitel stte@pas.rochester.edu  Spring 2018
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lecture 1
Postulates of classical thermodynamics, entropy, temperature, pressure, chemical potential
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Conditions for thermal, mechanical and chemical equilibrium, concavity of the entropy, equations of state, Euler relation, GibbsDuhem relation

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Entropy of the ideal gas, entropy maximum vs energy minimum principle, Legendre transformation

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Legendre transformations, Helmholtz and Gibbs free energies, enthalpy, the grand potential, reservoirs, extremum principles for free energies

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Maxwell relations, response functions and relations between them, stability constraints on response functions



