Statistical Mechanics I (PHYS 541)

2021 Spring
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Physics(PHYS)
3
10.00
Ünal Ertan unal@sabanciuniv.edu,
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English
Doctoral, Master
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Formal lecture
Interactive,Discussion based learning,Other
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CONTENT

Laws of thermodynamics and its applications. Classical kinetic theory and Boltzmann's equation. Micro-canonical, canonical and macro-canonical distribution functions. Ideal quantum gases. Applications of statistical mechanics in solid state, nuclear physics, and astrophysics.

OBJECTIVE

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LEARNING OUTCOME

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
Describe the properties of probability distributions.
Describe the laws of thermodynamics and discuss applications to different physical systems.
Explain the kinetic theory and discuss the relations between microscopic and macroscopic properties of a system in equilibrium. .
Explain the properties of micro-canonical, canonical and macro-canonical ensembles and distribution functions.
Explain and derive the statistical properties of ideal classical and quantum gasses.
Discuss applications of statistical mechanics in solid state, nuclear physics and astrophysics to systems in equilibrium.

ASSESSMENT METHODS and CRITERIA

  Percentage (%)
Final 45
Midterm 40
Homework 15

RECOMENDED or REQUIRED READINGS

Textbook

Statistical Physics, F.Reif
Statistical Mechanics, R. K Pathria