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Chemistry 4305

Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics



Course Outline:

  1. Basic Theory
    • 1.1 What is Statistical Mechanics?
    • 1.2 Probability Theory
    • 1.3 The Ensemble
    • 1.4 Equilibrium and the Isolated System
    • 1.5 Microstates and Configurations
    • 1.6 System in Equilibrium with a Heat Bath
    • 1.7 Entropy in Statistical mechanics
    • 1.8 General Formulation of Statistical Thermodynamics

  2. Quantum Statistical Thermodynamics of Ideal Gases
    • 2.1 Fermi-Dirac, Bose-Einstein, and Boltzmann Statistics
    • 2.2 Translational Motion of Molecules
    • 2.3 Internal Molecular Energies
    • 2.4 Computing Thermodynamic Properties
    • 2.5 Chemical Equilibrium

  3. General Quantum Statistical Thermodynamics
    • 3.1 Perfect Crystals
    • 3.2 Metals: The Electron Gas
    • 3.3 Radiation: The Photon Gas
    • 3.4 The Second Law, Fluctuations, and Temperature

  4. Semiclassical Statistical Mechanics
    • 4.1 Distribution Functions
    • 4.2 Dense Gases and Liquids

  5. Thermodynamic Properties for Ideal Polyatomic Gases
    • 5.1 Deriving Expressions