PC2230, Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics, Jan 2022

Lecturer: Prof. Wang Jian-Sheng

Schedule: Mon/Wed 10:00-12:00noon, LT20.

Final exam: ?? midterm: Wed 2 Mar

textbook: "An Introduction to Thermal Physics," Daniel V. Schroeder.

Offical Syllabus: This module is an introductory course in statistical and thermal physics, and is a prerequisite to advanced statistical mechanics. The topics to be covered include: mathematical background, laws of thermodynamics, thermodynamics functions, chemical equilibrium and phase transitions, kinetic theory, postulates of statistical mechanics, independent particle approach of statistical mechanics, basic distributions, ideal gases, paramagnetism, equipartition theorem, etc. Science and engineering students with a background knowledge of general physics are the targeted students.

Course Outline:

Week 1: 10,12 Jan, concept of temperature, ideal gas

Week 2: 17,19 Jan, work and heat, first law, adiabatic process

Week 3: 24,26 Jan, kientic theory, diffusion, viscocity

Week 4: 31 Jan, 2 Feb, second law, counting states, Boltzmann principle

Week 5: 7,9 Feb, definition of temperature from entropy

Week 6: 14,16 Feb, paramagnetism

recess week, no classes

Week 7, 28 Feb, 2 Mar, heat engine (mid test on 2 Mar Wed)

Week 8: 7,9 Mar, Carnot effciency, cooling

Week 9: 14,16 Mar, enthalpy, free energy, Gibbs free energy, chemical reaction

Week 10: 21,23 Mar, phase transitions, phase diagrams

Week 12: 4,6 Apr, Boltzmann factor

Week 13: 11,13 Apr, partition function