Statistical Mechanics (WS 2008/2009)

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Inhalt / topics

  • Review of thermodynamics and elementary statistical mechanics
  • thermal radiation and Planck distribution
  • Gibbs free energy and chemical reactions
  • theory of phase transitions
  • Bosonic and Fermionic statistics
  • lattice gases
  • Van der Waals Gas, virial expansion
  • various statistical ensembles

Vorkenntnisse / previous knowledge

  • classical mechanics
  • thermodynamics

Studiennachweis / record of study

  • Regelmäßige Teilnahme an Übung, plus erledigen der Übungsaufgaben
  • regular participation during the exercise course, plus solving the exercises

Unterrichtssprache / language of instruction

Englisch / english

Zielgruppe / audience

  • Diese Vorlesung richtet sich an die Teilnehmer des Masterstudienganges "Computational Science", aber auch interessierte Studenten der angeschlossenen Fachbereiche in anderen MS Programmen.
  • The lecture is aimed at the participants of the master study course "computational science". Nevertheless students of other university departements are welcome too.

Angestrebte Zeiten / aimed appointment

  • Lecture: Tu: 13:00 - 15:00 FIAS building 100
  • Exercises: Tu: 15:00 - 17:00 FIAS building 100
  • 11.11.08 : room still pending

Recommended literature

  • Thermal Physics, Charles Kittel/Herbert Kroemer, Freeman, NY

Lecture

Date Subject
14.10. The big picture and Intro to Probability
21.10. Overview: States of a model system, law of large numbers
28.10. Entropy, Temperature, the most probable state, fundamental laws of Thermodynamics.
04.11. The Boltzmann Distribution, Partition function, and Helmholtz free energy
11.11. Pressure, differential relations
18.11. The ideal gas
25.11. Thermal Radiation and Planck distribution
02.12. Chemical Potential and Gibbs Distribution
09.12. Chemical Reactions
16.12. Bosons and Fermions
13.01. Classical thermodynamics
20.01. General description of phase transitions, Part 1
27.01. VdW gas, theory of phase transitions Part 2, nucleation theory
03.02. Landau theory
10.02.

Tutorial

Date Subject
14.10
21.10.


28.10.
04.11.


11.11.
18.11.
25.11.
02.12.
09.12.
16.12.
13.01.
20.01.
27.01.
03.02.
10.02.