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Prof. Srabani Taraphder
IIT Kharagpur

 

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This course is designed to use fundamental concepts of statistical mechanics in simple real world problems. Starting from simple molecular models of systems like solids, liquids and gases, the students would learn how to obtain their thermodynamic properties that are usually measured in experiments.

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Topics

1.

Review of mathematical methods and classical thermodynamics

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Introduction to micro- and macroscopic states, ensembles

3.

Microcanonical ensemble and application to simple non-interacting systems

4.

Canonical ensemble and application to simple non-interacting systems

5.

Monatomic and diatomic ideal gases

6.

Heat capacity of solids – Einstein and Debye model

7.

Introduction to classical statistical mechanics and application to real gases and liquids

8.

Molecular thermodynamics of simple chemical reactions and transition state theory

Introduction to (1) quantum mechanics (2) probability and statistics



1. Physical Chemistry – Statistical Mechanics, H. Metiu (Taylor & Francis, 2006); Molecular Thermodynamics, D. A. McQuarrie and J. D. 
2. Simmons (Viva Books 2010); Statistical Mechanics, D. A. McQuarrie (Viva Books 2011) 


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