Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics, 6 credits (TFYA12)

Termodynamik och statistisk mekanik, 6 hp

Main field of study

Applied Physics Physics

Level

First cycle

Course type

Programme course

Examiner

Peter Münger

Director of studies or equivalent

Magnus Johansson
Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus VOF
6CYYI Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering - International, M Sc in Engineering 5 (Autumn 2017) 2 1 Swedish Linköping o
6CYYI Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering - International, M Sc in Engineering 5 (Autumn 2017) 2 1 Swedish Linköping o
6CYYI Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering - International, M Sc in Engineering 5 (Autumn 2017) 2 1 Swedish Linköping o
6CYYI Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering - International, M Sc in Engineering 5 (Autumn 2017) 2 1 Swedish Linköping o
6CYYI Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering - International, M Sc in Engineering 5 (Autumn 2017) 2 1 Swedish Linköping o
6CYYY Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering, M Sc in Engineering 5 (Autumn 2017) 2 1 Swedish Linköping o
6KFYN Physics, Bachelor´s Programme 3 (Autumn 2017) 2 1 Swedish Linköping o

Main field of study

Applied Physics, Physics

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level

G2X

Course offered for

  • Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering - International, M Sc in Engineering
  • Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering, M Sc in Engineering
  • Physics, Bachelor´s Programme

Entry requirements

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.

Prerequisites

Calculus in one and several variables

Intended learning outcomes

The general aim of the statistical mechanics part of the course is that the student equipped with a quantum mechanical description of physical systems on a microscopic level and guided by the principle of entropy maximization - can derive equilibrium features of macroscopic systems that apply to thermodynamics, medicine, metallurgy, chemistry and semiconductor physics. This means that the student should be able to:

  • construct idealized models for microscopic systems and calculate equilibrium features under different circumstance, i.e. given temperature, chemical potential or energy
  • give an account of the reasoning and/or derivations in statistical mechanics and describe the connection between the basic concepts of the theory
  • use the statistical mechanics results for problem solving in thermodynamics, medicine, metallurgy, chemistry and semiconductor physics.

Course content

The statistical definitions of entropy, temperature, pressure and chemical potential constitutes the starting point. Other concepts that are presented is: multiplicity, ensemble average, specific heat, Boltzmann factor, partition function, thermodynamic identity, Helmholtz free energy, classical ideal gas, quantum concentration, Sackur-Tetrodes equation, Planck radiation law, Stefan-Boltzmanns law, emissivity, photon gas, greenhouse effect, heat shields, internal and external chemical potential, Gibbs factor, Gibbs sum (grand partition function), absolute activity, Langmuir adsorption isotherm, orbital, Pauli exclusion principle, Fermi-Dirac distribution, Bose-Einstein distribution, internal partition function, reversibility, free electron model, density of states, chemical potential as a normalizing constant, heat, work, heat engine, refrigerator, heat pump, Carnot process, adiabatic process, isothermal process, Gibbs free energy, law of mass action, phase transformation, Clausius-Clapeyron equation, van der Waals equation.

Teaching and working methods

The course is presented in lectures and problem solving lessons.

Examination

TEN1Written examinationU, 3, 4, 56 credits

Grades

Four-grade scale, LiU, U, 3, 4, 5

Department

Inst för fysik, kemi och biolog

Director of Studies or equivalent

Magnus Johansson

Examiner

Peter Münger

Course website and other links

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 52 h
Recommended self-study hours: 108 h

Course literature

Additional literature

Books
David Goodstein, (2015) Thermal physics Energy and Entropy 1 Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 978-1-107-46549-7
Compendiums
E. Peter Münger, Läs- och räkneråd för kursen termodynamik och statistisk mekanik

Additional literature

Books

David Goodstein, (2015) Thermal physics Energy and Entropy 1 Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 978-1-107-46549-7

Compendia

E. Peter Münger, Läs- och räkneråd för kursen termodynamik och statistisk mekanik
TEN1 Written examination U, 3, 4, 5 6 credits

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