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Introduction

Laws of thermodynamics

Thermodynamic relations

Simple applications of thermodynamics  5
examples

Classical mechanics  review

Density matrices in quantum mechanics

Ergodic approach to equilibrium statistical
mechanics  failure!

Ensemble approach  success!

Canonical ensemble

Interpretation of entropy

Partition Function

Energy fluctuations in the canonical ensemble

Equipartition theorem

Grand canonical ensemble

Correspondence between canonical and grand
canonical ensembles

Approach to equilibrium

Two paradoxes: Irreversibility and Maxwell's
demon

Paramagnets

Ideal gas: Classical translation, mixing, and
effusion

Ideal gas: Internal structure; role of symmetry of
nuclear wavefunction

Ideal quantum gas: Occupation numbers

Ideal Bose gas: BoseEinstein condensation

Blackbody radiation

Vibrations of crystals (phonons)

Ideal Fermi gas: Electrons in metals

Magnetization of the electron gas

Nonideal gases; virial coefficients

White dwarfs and neutron stars

ThomasFermi model of atoms

Chemical equilibria and solutions

Phase transitions: van der Waals equation
of state

Phase transitions: Ising model in mean field theory

Phase transitions: beyond mean field theory

Phase transitions: Landau theory

Nonequilibrium statistical mechanics: Brownian
motion (if time permits...)
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