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Statistical Physics 1

Vak
2019-2020

Toegangseisen

Klassieke Mechanica a, Electromagnetic Fields, Analysis 1&2, Lineaire Algebra 1

Beschrijving

Statistical Physics builds a bridge between the microscopic world of, for instance, atoms and molecules and the resulting collective behavior at the macroscopic level, that is described by thermodynamics, The concept of temperature and the fact that a very large number of particles is involved play crucial roles in making this work. Using probability theory and the Gibbs theory of ensembles the statistical physics of systems in equilibrium is developed and applied to gases and other examples, such as rubber and magnetic systems.

Leerdoelen

After finishing the course you are able to perform calculations and short derivations concerning the following topics in statistical physics:

  • Statistical ensembles, phase space

  • Classical and quantum partition functions and thermodynamic potentials

  • Thermal equilibrium

  • Entropy, temperature, microcanonical ensemble

  • Free energy, canonical ensemble

  • Gibbs free energy, grand canonical ensemble

  • Maxwell relations, heat capacity

  • Ideal Boson and Fermion gases of particles with and without mass

  • Elasticity of rubber, magnetisation and susceptibility, physical adsorption

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Onderwijsvorm

Lectures, problem sessions, weekly homework sets. The course is taught in English.

Studielast

6 EC = 185h

Toetsing

Written exam with open questions. 1 extra point can be earned from homework problems.

Blackboard

Material and communication concerning the course is provided via Blackboard.
Voor toegang tot Blackboard is een ULCN-account nodig).Blackboard UL

Literatuur

R.H. Swendsen, 'An Introduction to Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics', Oxford University Press.

Contact

Contactgegevens Docent:Prof.dr.Thomas Schmidt)