CH-242(b) / 3 crédits

Enseignant: Osterwalder Andreas

Langue: Anglais


Summary

This course enables the acquisition of basic concepts in statistical thermodynamics including the Boltzmann distribution law, partition functions, ensembles, calculations of thermodynamic properties, Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac statistics, metals, and applications.

Content

Keywords

Boltzmann distribution

Partition function

Ensembles

Quantum statistics

Learning Prerequisites

Important concepts to start the course

Laws of thermodynamics

Equations for quantum energy levels of particle-in-a-box, rotation and vibtration.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Contextualise the connection between quantum mechanics and thermodynamics
  • Apply the molecular partition functions
  • Derive the vibrational and translational partition function
  • Derive and compute thermodynamic functions from partition functions
  • Describe the different ensembles
  • Apply Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein statistics to solids

Teaching methods

Lectures with hand outs. Exercises.

Assessment methods

Written exam

Supervision

Office hours Yes
Assistants Yes
Forum No

Resources

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)

No

Bibliography

Handouts of Lecture Notes and exercises

 

Reference books:

Benjamin Widom, Statistical Mechanics: A Concise Introduction for Chemists, Cambridge University Press - 2002, ISBN-13: 978-0521009669

Donald A. McQuarrie, Statistical Mechanics, University Science Books - 2000, ISBN - 1-891389-15-7. 

 

 For introduction and as a reference for classical thermodynamics

 

Pierre Infelta & Michael Grätzel, Thermodynamique: Principles et Applications. BrownWalker Press - 2006. ISBN - 1-58112-995-5.

 

Ressources en bibliothèque

Dans les plans d'études

  • Semestre: Printemps
  • Forme de l'examen: Ecrit (session d'été)
  • Matière examinée: Statistical thermodynamics
  • Cours: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Exercices: 1 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Semestre: Printemps
  • Forme de l'examen: Ecrit (session d'été)
  • Matière examinée: Statistical thermodynamics
  • Cours: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Exercices: 1 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines

Semaine de référence

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