8.333 Statistical Mechanics I: Statistical Mechanics of Particles, Fall 2005
Statistical Mechanics I: Statistical Mechanics of Particles
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Statistical Mechanics is a probabilistic approach to equilibrium properties of large numbers of degrees of freedom. In this two-semester course, basic principles are examined. Topics include: thermodynamics, probability theory, kinetic theory, classical statistical mechanics, interacting systems, quantum statistical mechanics, and identical particles.
Thermodynamics, entropy. mehanics, microcanonical distributions, canonical distributions, grand canonical distributions; lattice vibrations, ideal gas, photon gas., quantum statistical mechanics; Fermi systems, Bose systems, cluster expansions, van der Waal's gas, mean-field theory.