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.

## Keywords

Boltzmann distribution

Partition function

Ensembles

Quantum statistics

## 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.

Written exam

## Supervision

 Office hours Yes Assistants Yes Forum No

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.

## 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

 Lu Ma Me Je Ve 8-9 9-10 10-11 11-12 12-13 13-14 14-15 15-16 16-17 17-18 18-19 19-20 20-21 21-22