Physics 408, Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
Joseph Ross, Texas A&M University
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
Course handouts and slides:
(1) Introductory material;
ideal gases, heat capacities, energy & enthalpy (ch. 1 topics):
slides from August 30,
(2) Statistical mechanics concepts;
entropy & second-third laws (ch. 2-3 topics):
(3) Thermodynamics and Free Energies,
Cycles, heat engines (ch. 4-5 topics):
(4) Statistical thermodynamics:
Boltzmann distribution, Canonical ensemble and partition function (ch. 6):
(5) Quantum statistics:
Grand canonical ensemble, Fermi and Bose gases and distributions,
photon and phonon systems (ch. 7):
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A few useful links:
Mathetmatica online integral
APS Physics spotlight page..
Bulletin news page..
Amercan Physical Society
J. H. Ross' home page.
TAMU Physics and Astronomy Department page.
TAMU Materials Science and Engineering Program.
Texas A&M University.
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