PHY1500H S GENERAL
Statistical Mechanics
Official description
 Brief review of thermodynamics
 Louville's theorem and statistical ensemble
 Basic assumptions of statistical mechanics
 Microcanonical ensemble
 Canonical ensemble
 Grand canonical ensemble
 Ideal Fermion system
 Ideal Boson system
 Interacting Particle System
 Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena
B. Basics of statistical mechanics
Ensembles and probability distributions, Ergodic and mixing behavior
Entropy, definition and fundamental properties
Constraints and entropy maximum principle
Open systems, The canonical and grand canonical ensembles
Partition function and free energy, Illustrations
C. Survey of Thermodynamics
Statistical definitions of thermodynamic quantities
Statistical meaning of equilibrium, The Thermodynamic laws
Equations of state for gases
Perfect gases, including internal degrees of freedom
Imperfect gases, Phase and chemical equilibria
D. Application of statistical mechanical methods
Bose gas, Fermi gas, Photons, Phonons, Magnetism
 Textbook

['Statistical Mechanics 3rd Edition', 'R.K. Pathria and P.D. Beale', 'Elsevier 2011']
 course title
 PHY1500H S GENERAL
 session
 winter
 group
 general course
 time and location

M, W 1
 Course URL
 https://www.physics.utor…
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