Statistical Mechanics (MAT 502)

2021 Spring
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Materials Sci.& Nano Eng.(MAT)
3
10.00
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English
Doctoral, Master
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CONTENT

Statistical ensembles. Statistical explanation of the principles of thermodynamics. Fluctuations. Applications to the ideal gas, monatomic crystals, ideal gas mixtures. The statistics of the polymer chain. Theory of solutions. Polymer solutions. Binding and aggregation with applications to problems in biotechnology. Introduction to non-equilibrium statistical mechanics.

LEARNING OUTCOME

Upon successful completion of this model, students will be able:
a) apply basic probability concepts in statistical mechanics,
b) evaluate statistical description of systems of particles,
c) summarize statistical basis of thermodynamics,
d) perform calculations using basic methods of statistical mechanics,
e) distinguish quantum statistics of ideal gases.

ASSESSMENT METHODS and CRITERIA

  Percentage (%)
Final 40
Midterm 30
Homework 30

RECOMENDED or REQUIRED READINGS

Textbook

Statistical Physics by F. Mandl

Optional Readings

Statistical and Thermal Physics by Reif