Statistical Mechanics (WS 2007/2008)

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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: 10:45 - 12:15 FIAS building 101
• Exercises: Tu: 12:30 - 14:00 FIAS building 200

Recommended literature

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

Lecture

Date Subject
16.10 The big picture and Intro to Probability Probability_notes (113 KB).Lecture0.pdf (548 KB)
23.10. Overview: States of a model system, law of large numbers Lecture 1.pdf (3.93 MB)
30.10. Entropy, Temperature, the most probable state, fundamental laws of Thermodynamics. Lecture2.pdf (3.19 MB).
06.11. The Boltzmann Distribution, Partition function, and Helmholtz free energy

Lecture3.pdf (1.01 MB).

13.11. Pressure, differential relations
20.11. The ideal gas
27.11. Thermal Radiation and Planck distribution
04.12. Chemical Potential and Gibbs Distribution
11.12. Chemical Reactions
08.01. Bosons and Fermions
15.01.
22.01.
29.01.
05.02.

Tutorial

Date Subject
16.10 Problems sheet 1 (33 KB)
23.10. Exercises in class 1 (50 KB)

30.10. Problems sheet 2 (52 KB)
06.11. Problems sheet 3 (52 KB)

13.11. Problems sheet 4 (file does not exist!)
20.11. Problems sheet 5 (44 KB)
27.11. Problems sheet 6 (48 KB)
04.12.
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08.01.
15.01.
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