Location: Online (site is mirrored on CANVAS)
Meeting Times: MWF 1100-1150 by Zoom-link
or Asynchronous Video
Winter 2021 Instructor: Matt Graham (web)
Email: graham --AT-- physics.oregonstate.edu
Office Hours: W 12-1, F 11-12, Zoom-link
Phone: 514.737.4386

 


3/7/21 - Thanks for a great virtual term. [all course content is removed, but available upon request]

  Resources Items Covered Reading (recommended) Problem Sets Optional Resources or Video Supplements
1  

Definitions and ideal gases, Thermodynamic Laws, Carnot Cycles, Entropy, Irreversible processes

n1 corrrected to read 'isothermal expansion'

Errata in v3
: catch my mistake, I wrote the engine efficiency as e=1+Tc/Th instead of e=1-Tc/Th

Chap 1 (Jansen),
OR Schroeder 1.1 to 1.5, 4.1 to 4.4
 

Video link-of-the day 1: Epic Thermodynamic Movie

Video links-of-the day 2: Carnot Cycle, Reversible vs. irreversible processes   (+ irreversible cycles II)

Video link-of-the day 3: Entropy; a classic cartoon

Example problem and solutions: comp exam 2014

2   Free energies, Thermodynamic and Chemical Potentials, Legendre Transforms, Maxwell's Relations, Thermodynamic Response Functions
Chap 2.1-2.5,
old n4
OR Sethna 5.1-5.3
 

Video link-of-the day 4: Maxwell's demon and information theory

Video link-of-the day 5: Entropy & Time
How much entropy in the universe?  

Video link-of-the day 6: Public Heat Capacity Misconceptions (more evidence of bad science education)

3  

Thermodynamic and Mechanical Stability, Non-ideal gas behavior, Thermodynamics of Elastic Materials

Chap 2.7-2.9,

 

[MLK Day Holiday]

Video link-of-the day 7: Heat capacity of a tongue vs. a pole

Video link-of-the day 8: Rubber Band Thermal Imaging

Example problems and solutions: 2016 thermo comp exam questions, Maxwell comp exam problem , Optional: thermo stability exercise

4   Thermodynamics of Magnetic Materials
Phase Equilibrium, Gibbs phase rule, phase diagrams & transitions, probability

Chap 3.1 -3.5

 

Example problems and solutions: a magnetic Carnot cycle example

5   Ergodic Theory, Phase Space, Intro to Statistical Machanics, Most Probable Distribution Method Chap 2
(Jansen, Stat Mech)
Sethna: Chaps 3, 5
(McQuarrie Ch #2)
 


Video link-of-the day 12: When is a system ergodic?

Video link-of-the day 15: Sean Caroll: the universe is not ergodic

6   Canonical Ensemble, Thermodynamic Observables, Calculating (canonical) partition functions, 2D Lattice

Sethna: Chap 6, Chap 2 (Jansen)

the 4-Ensemble: cheat sheet

 

Link-of-the day 15: MatLab dice game
probability and dice rolls

What is the partition function? (and several good answers)

7   Classical vs. Quantum gas, Classical vs. Quantum Harmonic Oscillator

Sethna: Chap 6.1-6.3, 7.1-7.3

 

Example problems and solutions: the canonical comp exam question

8   Maxwell-Boltzmann Speed Distribution, Grand canonical ensemble, fluctuations

Sethna: Chap 6-7

 

Video link of day 21: Maxwell-Boltzmann Distribution

The MSU Physics Grand Canonical Ensemble(GCE) Choir. official website
YouTube Channel: the MSU Physics Grand Canonical Ensemble Chorus

9   Critical opalesence, Solid state statistical mechanics, Ising model preview, Semiconductor statisitical mechanics, doping, fermion Statistics Sethna: Chap 7  

22-nm transistor, doping and the GCE

Video link-of-the-day: BEC & thermal population

Optional Reading: Deriving the BEC conditions using the GCE (UMass)

10  

Boson/Fermion Statistics, Fermi integrals and blackbody radiation

Interactive Review Session for Exam (Friday)

Sethna: Chap 7  

Solid-state optional aside: Fermi-Dirac Function, Fermi Integrals

Fermi-Dirac distribution comp exam problem (link fixed)

Video link-of-the-day: Ising Model preview

           
Final exam Friday March 19 at 07:30
 

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