This course is designed to use fundamental concepts of statistical mechanics in simple real world problems. Starting from simple molecular models of systems like solids, liquids and gases, the students would learn how to obtain their thermodynamic properties that are usually measured in experiments.
Week 1: Review of mathematical methods and classical thermodynamics
Week 2: Introduction to micro- and macroscopic states, ensembles
Week 3: Microcanonical ensemble and application to simple non-interacting systems
Week 4: Canonical ensemble and application to simple non-interacting systems
Week 5: Monatomic and diatomic ideal gases
Week 6: Heat capacity of solids – Einstein and Debye model
Week 7: Introduction to classical statistical mechanics and application to real gases and liquids
Week 8: Molecular thermodynamics of simple chemical reactions and transition state theory
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