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  1. Introduction
  2. Laws of thermodynamics
  3. Thermodynamic relations
  4. Simple applications of thermodynamics - 5 examples
  5. Classical mechanics - review
  6. Density matrices in quantum mechanics
  7. Ergodic approach to equilibrium statistical mechanics - failure!
  8. Ensemble approach - success!
  9. Canonical ensemble
  10. Interpretation of entropy
  11. Partition Function
  12. Energy fluctuations in the canonical ensemble
  13. Equipartition theorem
  14. Grand canonical ensemble
  15. Correspondence between canonical and grand canonical ensembles
  16. Approach to equilibrium
  17. Two paradoxes: Irreversibility and Maxwell's demon
  18. Paramagnets
  19. Ideal gas: Classical translation, mixing, and effusion
  20. Ideal gas: Internal structure; role of symmetry of nuclear wavefunction
  21. Ideal quantum gas: Occupation numbers
  22. Ideal Bose gas: Bose-Einstein condensation
  23. Black-body radiation
  24. Vibrations of crystals (phonons)
  25. Ideal Fermi gas: Electrons in metals
  26. Magnetization of the electron gas
  27. Non-ideal gases; virial coefficients
  28. White dwarfs and neutron stars
  29. Thomas-Fermi model of atoms
  30. Chemical equilibria and solutions
  31. Phase transitions: van der Waals equation of state
  32. Phase transitions: Ising model in mean field theory
  33. Phase transitions: beyond mean field theory
  34. Phase transitions: Landau theory
  35. Non-equilibrium statistical mechanics: Brownian motion (if time permits...)

Last modified: 07-Jan-02