FPEN 614: Statistical Mechanics


The course is to provide an interpretation of classical equilibrium thermodynamics using statistical mechanics and to introduce the concept of equilibrium in statistical mechanics. Topics will include General formulation of statistical thermodynamics. Molecular partition function, Canonical and Grand canonical ensembles, Kinetic Theory of gases, imperfect Gases – van der Waals equations, Ideal Fermi-Dirac Gas, Ideal Bose-Einstein Gas, Critical Phenomena.