Winter 2021 Instructor: Matt Graham (web) Email: graham AT physics.oregonstate.edu Office Hours: W 121, F 1112, Zoomlink 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' 
Chap 1 (Jansen), OR Schroeder 1.1 to 1.5, 4.1 to 4.4 
Video linkofthe day 1: Epic Thermodynamic Movie Video linkofthe 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 2.12.5, old n4 OR Sethna 5.15.3 
Video linkofthe day 4: Maxwell's demon and information theory Video linkofthe day 5: Entropy & Time Video linkofthe day 6: Public Heat Capacity Misconceptions (more evidence of bad science education) 

3  Thermodynamic and Mechanical Stability, Nonideal gas behavior, Thermodynamics of Elastic Materials 
[MLK Day Holiday] Video linkofthe day 7: Heat capacity of a tongue vs. a pole Video linkofthe 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 
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 linkofthe 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 4Ensemble: cheat sheet 
Linkofthe day 15: MatLab dice game 

7  Classical vs. Quantum gas, Classical vs. Quantum Harmonic Oscillator  Sethna: Chap 6.16.3, 7.17.3 
Example problems and solutions: the canonical comp exam question 

8  MaxwellBoltzmann Speed Distribution, Grand canonical ensemble, fluctuations  Video link of day 21: MaxwellBoltzmann Distribution 

9  Critical opalesence, Solid state statistical mechanics, Ising model preview, Semiconductor statisitical mechanics, doping, fermion Statistics  Sethna: Chap 7  22nm transistor, doping and the GCE Video linkoftheday: 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  Solidstate optional aside: FermiDirac Function, Fermi Integrals Video linkoftheday: Ising Model preview 

Final exam Friday March 19 at 07:30  
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