PS 113: Introductory Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

Course Number and Title: PS 113 (Introductory Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics)
Date Revised: Oct. 8, 2010
Number of Units: 3
Prerequisite: PS 197
 

Course Description:
This course covers the basic theories and applications of statistical thermodynamics. The emphasis is on the development of the theory from a microscopic viewpoint. Topics include: introduction to probability, statistical mechanics, and thermodynamics, random variables, joint and conditional probability densities, and functions of a random variable, concepts of macroscopic variables and thermodynamics equilibrium, fundamental assumption of statistical mechanics, microcanonical and canonical ensembles, first, second, and third laws of thermodynamics, probability distributions for classical and quantum systems, microcanonical, canonical, and grand canonical partition functions and associated thermodynamics potentials, conditions of thermodynamic equilibrium for homogenous and heterogenous systems, Maxwell-Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac, and Bose-Einstein statistics.
 

Bibliography:
Bowley, R. and Sanchez, M. (2000). Introductory Statistical Mechanics. USA: Oxford University Press.
Burshtein, A. (2007). Introduction to Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory of Matter. USA: Wiley.
Callen, H. (2006). Thermodynamics and an Introduction to Thermostatistics. USA: Wiley.
Finn, C. (1993). Thermal Physics (2nd ed). UK: CRC Press.
Huang, K. (2009). Introduction to Statistical Physics. USA: Tayler & Francis.
Hudson, J. (1996). Thermodynamics: An Advanced Text for Materials Scientists. USA: Wiley.
Reif, F. (2008). Statistical Physics. USA: McGraw-Hill.
Safran, S. (2004). Statistical Thermodynamics of Surfaces, Interfaces, and Membranes. USA: Westview Press.
Stowe, K. (2008). Introduction to Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics. USA: Cambridge University Press.
 

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