P302 Statistical Mechanics

Course No: 
  1. Thermodynamic potentials, entropy and concepts related to equilibrium state and thermodynamic stability
  2. Kinetic theory of gases, Boltzmann distribution and its implications
  3. Concepts in statistics, randomness, probability distribution, central limit theorem
  4. Density matrix, Liouvilles equation, ensemble theory
  5. Gibbs distribution, Classical and Quantum free particles, systems with continuous and discrete spectrum, application to electrons in metals, black-body radiation, white dwarf and Bose-Einstein condensation
  6. Real gases and gas-liquid transition, virial expansion, radial distribution function, Born Green Hierarchy, van der Waals equation
  7. Introduction to response, fluctuation and noise, Einstein formula 
Reference Books: 
  1. Statistical Physics by Reif
  2. Intro to Stat. Physics by Kerson Huang (Taylor and Francis)
  3. Statistical Physics of Particles by M. Kardar (Cambridge)
  4. Statistical Physics by Chandler
  5. Statistical Physics by R.P. Feynman
  6. Statistical Physics Vol I by L. Landau and E. Lifshitz
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