Statistical Physics 219. Spring 2018.
General information
Important formulas
Notes
Introduction
Phase space. Distribution function
Classical ideal gas
Gibbs distribution
Energy. Pressure. First law of thermodynamics
Entropy
Statistical meaning of entropy. Second law of thermodynamics
Maximum work. Perpetuum mobile of second kind
Irreversible processes. Thermodynamic potential. Free energy
Properties of thermodynamic functions
Thermodynamic functions and statistics
Useful relations for derivatives of thermodynamic functions
Systems at zero temperature. Third law of thermodynamics
Thermodynamic functions for a classical ideal gas
Systems with variable numbers of particles
Grand-canonical potential and Gibbs distribution
Fermi and Bose distributions
Ideal Fermi gas
Ideal Bose gas
Black-body radiation
Phonons in solids I
Phonons in solids II
Van der Waals equation
Landau theory of second order phase transitions
Home assignments and quizzes
Homework 1
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Homework 2
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Homework 3
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Midterm exam
Bonus homework
Homework N+1