© Meg Noah 2012
Statistical Physics
This course is a mix of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. One textbook was by Statistical Physics Mandl and the other
was Thermal Physics by Kittel and Kroemer The homework was from both books. This was the course syllabus - shows what
problems were assigned.
Lecture 1
Macrosopic Properties, First Law of Thermodynamics
Lecture 2
Second Law of Thermodynamics
Lecture 3
Fundamental Postulate, Heat Bath, Partition Function
Lecture 4
Gibb’s Ensemble, Entropy, Derivation of Boltzmann Equation,
Diamagnetic and Paramagnetic Materials
Lecture 5
Paramagnetic Solids in a Magnetic Field, Thermodynamic Potentials
Lecture 6
Fundamental Thermodynamic Identity, Clausius Inequality
Lecture 7
Helmholtz Free Energy, Gibb’s Free Energy, Third Law
Lecture 8
Heat Engines
Lecture 9
Refrigeration Cycles, Phase Equilibrium
Lecture 10
Review
Lecture 11
Going over exam
Lecture 12
Phase Equilibium, Latent Heat
Lecture 13
Heat Capacities of Solids
Lecture 14
Heat Capacities of Solids, DeBye Model
Lecture 15
DeBye Model, BB Radiation
Lecture 16
BB Radiation
Lecture 17
Thermodynamics of BB Radiation
Lecture 18
Review
Lecture 19
Review
Lecture 20
Grand Canonical Partition Function
Lecture 21
Ideal Gas, Bosons & Fermions
Lecture 22
Classical Perfect Gas
Lecture 23
Classical Perfect Gas, Maxwell Distribution, Density of States
Lecture 24
Ideal Fermi Gas
Lecture 25
Ideal Fermi Gas
Lecture 26
Ideal Bose Gas, BEC
Homework 1
Homework 2
Homework 3
Homework 4
Homework 5
Homework 6
Homework 7
Homework 8
Homework 9
Homework 10
Homework 11