Statistical Physics

Statistical Physics

Code: 53595
ECTS: 4.0
Lecturers in charge: prof. dr. sc. Denis Sunko - Lectures
Lecturers: Petra Grozić - Exercises
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1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 30
Exercises 15
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
Thermodynamics as an autonomous discipline: Introduction. Basic concepts. The first law of thermodynamics. Machines. The second law of thermodynamics. The reversibility and entropy. Thermodynamic potentials. Practical accounts.
Introduction to statistical physics: Basic considerations. Ensemble: universal random model. The connection with thermodynamics.
Canonical and grand-canonical ensemble: The canonical ensemble. Grand-canonical ensemble. Sums by conditions such as generating functions. Classical ideal gas. Maxwell distribution and equiparticion energy.
Quantum statistical physics: Basic considerations. The ideal fermion gas. The ideal boson gas.
Examples and models: the barometric formula. Diatomic molecules. Heat capacity of the crystal. Van der Waals model of gas liquefaction.

Upon successful completion of the course Statistical Physics student will be able to:
1.Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of abstract thermodynamics at an elementary level of the theory of functions of several variables;
2.Explain the difference of thermodynamics and theoretical mechanics, or thermalization as real physical process;
3.Describe the role of thermalization and Liouville theorem in the foundation of statistical physics;
4.Explain the physical construction of the thermodynamic potential, through the interaction energy between the system and the outside world;
5.Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of statistical interpretation of thermodynamic potentials, especially entropy and Massieuovih function;
6.Explain the role of the chemical potential and the qualitative behavior of the classical and quantum border;
7.Qualitatively and quantitatively described four ideal gas (fermions, bosons, light, sound) in classical and quantum border;
8.Discuss basic properties of the phase transition of Van der Waals-s gas liquefaction.
  1. C. Kittel, Elementary Statistical Physics, Dover 2004, ISBN 0486435148.
  2. R. Kubo et al., Statistical mechanics: an advanced course with problems and solutions, North-Holland, Amsterdam 1988, ISBN 0444871039.
  3. Skripta:
2. semester
Izborni predmeti - Mandatory smjer - Meteorology and Physical Oceanography
Izborni predmeti - Mandatory smjer - Seismology and Physics of Solid Earth
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