8.08 Statistical Physics II, Spring 2003
Statistical Physics II
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Probability distributions for classical and quantum systems. Microcanonical, canonical, and grand canonical partition-functions and associated thermodynamic potentials. Conditions of thermodynamic equilibrium for homogenous and heterogenous systems. Applications: non-interacting Bose and Fermi gases; mean field theories for real gases, binary mixtures, magnetic systems, polymer solutions; phase and reaction equilibria, critical phenomena. Fluctuations, correlation functions and susceptibilities, and Kubo formulae. Evolution of distribution functions: Boltzmann and Smoluchowski equations.
Probability distributions, quantum systems, Microcanonical, canonical, grand canonical partition-functions, thermodynamic potentials, Conditions of thermodynamic equilibrium for homogenous and heterogenous systems, non-interacting Bose and Fermi gases, mean field theories for real gases, binary mixtures, magnetic systems, polymer solutions, phase and reaction equilibria, critical phenomena, Fluctuations, Kubo formulae, Evolution of distribution functions, Boltzmann and Smoluchowski equations, correlation functions, susceptibilities, Statistical physics