Physics 408, Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

Joseph Ross, Texas A&M University

Fall 2017

General course information and notes:

The Course Syllabus can be found here. The course text is Schroeder, An Introduction to Thermal Physics.
I also prepared a short bibliography with some suggested other texts. While some supplements will be provided as the course proceeds, the material and order of coverage will follow what is in the course text.

Course handouts and slides:

(1) Introductory material; ideal gases, heat capacities, energy & enthalpy (ch. 1 topics):
slides from August 30, August 31, September 5.
(2) Statistical mechanics concepts; entropy & second-third laws (ch. 2-3 topics):
September 7, September 12, September 19, September 21;
September 26, September 27, September 28.
(3) Thermodynamics and Free Energies, Cycles, heat engines (ch. 4-5 topics):
October 3, October 4, October 10, October 11, October 12, October 17.
(4) Statistical thermodynamics: Boltzmann distribution, Canonical ensemble and partition function (ch. 6):
October 25, October 26, October 31, November 2.
(5) Quantum statistics: Grand canonical ensemble, Fermi and Bose gases and distributions, photon and phonon systems (ch. 7):
November 8, November 9, November 14, November 15, November 16,
November 28, November 29, December 5, December 6.


    Homework 1.
    Homework 2.
    Homework 3.
    Homework 4.
    Homework 5.
    Homework 6.
    Homework 7.
    Homework 8.
    Homework 9.
    Homework 10.

Further information:

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A few useful links:

Mathetmatica online integral calculator.
Science News.
APS Physics spotlight page..
MRS Bulletin news page..
Amercan Physical Society homepage.

J. H. Ross' home page.
TAMU Physics and Astronomy Department page.
TAMU Materials Science and Engineering Program.
Texas A&M University.(ATM image)

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