### Course: PHYS 416 Statistics and Thermodynamics

### INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Heidi Fearn

### TEXT:

Notes will be handed out in class.
I will recommend * Fundamentals of statistical and thermal physics *
by F. Reif.
I would also recommend the texts by Kittel and Kroemer
* Thermal physics * by Kerson Huang
* Statistical Mechanics *
and by L. D. Landau * Statistical Physics *.
You may also find *Heat and Thermodynaimcs *, by
M. W. Zemansky and R. H. Dittman, useful and I would recommend you use the
library for other books, Whatever you used for lower division/undergraduate
thermal physics (for grad's taking the course read your old stuff). I will give
out derivations for the statistics part of the course. We should have time to
cover some low temp work and also for those interested we could cover some
material for those physicists wanting a career in the nuclear power instustry.

Simple books, ..err not sure yet.. this is my 1st time teaching this folks.

### EXAMS/PROBLEMS:

There will be one midterm and a final exam, the midterm is worth 45% and
the final worth 55%.

Problems will be assigned on a regular basis and will
be taken from the book and hand out problems. Each assignment will be
given to you in xerox form. I will NOT grade these problems and I DO NOT
expect them to be handed in.
Students may be expected to present their calculations on the board in front
of the class, so I recommend you try the problems in advance!! Many job
interviews require you to give a presentation or answer questions on a board
in front of several individuals.. consider this practice.

### COURSE CONTENT:

Special lectures on research topics and papers will be introduced.

Review of undergraduate thermodynamics work

Ideal gas

Ideal gas
Laws of thermodynamics, Maxwell relations, entropy, specific heat

Derivations of BE, FD and MB distributions from first principles

Superconductivity and Bose Einstein condensation

Ensembles

Fluctuation theory

How to pass the entrance exam for working in a nuclear power plant!