This is the first part of an introductory graduate course in Statistical and Thermal Physics with the emphasis on the basic concepts in equilibrium statistical physics and its connection to classical thermodynamics. The formal prerequisite to attend the course is an undergraduate course in statistical and thermal physics. However, this can be discussed.

The text book is Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics, Author: Frederick Reif . Part I of the course gives 7.5 ECTS credits and will be given during the autumn of 2015. There will be 10 lectures of two hours each, one per week as can be seen from the schedule belove. A set of mandatory homework problems will be available below. The problems are chosen to illuminate the theory and to make it easier to understand the theory in itself as well as how it can be applied. There will also be an oral examination at the end of part I.

This first part of the course will cover approximately chapters 2 - 8 in the textbook and thus cover: Statistical description of systems of particles, Statistical thermodynamics, Macroscopic parameters and their measurement, Simple applications of macroscopic thermodynamics, Basic methods and results of statistical mechanics, Simple applications of statistical mechanics, Equilibrium between phases or chemical species.

Schedule for part I, 2015

Week Day Date Time Place Subject
38 Wednesday 2015-09-16 13:15 - 15:00 Jordan-Fermi Chapter 2
39 Wednesday 2015-09-23 13:15 - 15:00 Jordan-Fermi Chapter 2
40 Wednesday 2015-09-30 15:15 - 17:00 Jordan-Fermi Chapter 3
41 Wednesday 2015-10-07 13:15 - 15:00 Jordan-Fermi Chapter 3
42 Wednesday 2015-10-14 15:15 - 17:00 Boltzmann Chapter 3 - 4
43 Wednesday 2015-10-21 15:15 - 17:00 Boltzmann Chapter 5
44 Wednesday 2015-10-28 13:15 - 15:00 Boltzmann Chapter 5 - 6
45 Wednesday 2015-11-04 13:15 - 15:00 Boltzmann Chapter 6
46 Wednesday 2015-11-11 13:15 - 15:00 Boltzmann Chapter 7
47 Wednesday 2015-11-18 13:15 - 15:00 Boltzmann Chapter 8

Mandatory homework problems for the first part of the course, 2013

Chapter Exercise Due
2 2.1 2.2 2.4 2.7   2015-10-07

Examination of the first part of the course, 2015

To pass on the first part of the course all homework problems should be solved correctly before the mandatory oral exam. The dead-line for the oral exam will be early in the spring 2016. An exact date will be given later.

To register for the first part of the course, please, fill out the electronic registration form.

If you have any questions, please, do not hesitate to contact me, Peter Münger.

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