Introduction to thermodynamics and statistical physics
General data
Course ID:  11003INZ11  Erasmus code / ISCED:  13.203 / (0533) Physics 
Course title:  Introduction to thermodynamics and statistical physics  Name in Polish:  Elementy termodynamiki i fizyki statystycznej 
Department:  Faculty of Physics  
Course groups: 
APBM, 2nd level; elective courses on physics Nanostructures Engineering; 3rd year courses 

ECTS credit allocation (and other scores): 
5.00
OR
6.00
(depends on study program)
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Language:  Polish  
Type of course:  obligatory courses 

Prerequisites (description):  Student took the courses: 1. Calculs 2. Quantum mechanics and quantum chemistry wuth elements of molecular spectroscopy 3. Physical chemistry 

Mode:  (in Polish) w sali 

Short description: 
Acquiring the skill of using the statistical model to calculate thermodynamic functions (entropy, free energy, etc.) for specific chemical systems, to study chemical equilibria and to estimate rates of chemical reactions. Another, equally important objective of the course is to show students how the statistical model enables us to understand the laws of thermodynamics and the relation between the properties of individual molecules and properties of matter in the bulk 

Full description: 
1. Phenomenological and statistical description of macroscopic systems, quantum mechanical definition of microstate, density of states, statistical definition of temperature and entropy. 2. Properties of the entropy and statistical interpretation of the II law of thermodynamics, thermodynamic functions of the ideal gas. 3. Canonical ensemble for a macro and microscopic system, statistical sum and its relation to thermodynamic functions. 4. Effect of rotation, vibration, electronic excitation, internal rotation, and nuclear spin on thermodynamic functions of gases, residual entropy and statistical thermodynamics of atomic crystals. 5. Application of statistical method to study chemical equilibria and rates of chemical reactions. 6. Grand canonical ensemble, fluctuation of the number of particles in open systems, BoseEinstein and FermiDirac statistics and their simplest applications. 7. Statistical sum in the classical limit and its calculation for nonideal gas, virial expansion of the equation of state, van der Waals equation. 8. Classical Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics simulations 

Bibliography: 
1. F. Reif, Statistical Physics: Berkeley Physics Course, Vol. 5, McGrawHill, New York, 1967. 2. R. Kubo, Statistical Mechanics, NorthHolland, Amsterdam, 1971 3. K. Huang, Introduction to Statistical Physics, Taylor & Francis, London, 2001. 

Learning outcomes: 
Student understands basic ideas thermodynamisc and statistical physics , aquires knowledge of techniques to apply statistical mechamics to compute thermodynamic function, equilibrium constants, and rate constants for simple chemical systems 

Assessment methods and assessment criteria: 
written exam 

Practical placement: 
no vocational training 
Classes in period "Winter semester 2017/18" (current)
Time span:  20171001  20180126 
see course schedule 
Type of class: 
Class, 30 hours, 50 places more information
Lecture, 30 hours, 50 places more information 

Coordinators:  Bogumił Jeziorski  
Group instructors:  Bogumił Jeziorski, Marcin Modrzejewski, Michał Przybytek  
Students list:  (inaccessible to you)  
Examination:  Examination 
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