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Course module: 202000661
202000661
Statistical Physics
Course info
Course module202000661
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr.ir. W.K. den Otter
E-mailw.k.denotter@utwente.nl
Lecturer(s)
Lecturer
dr.ir. W.K. den Otter
Contactperson for the course
dr.ir. W.K. den Otter
Academic year2021
Starting block
1A
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
Aims
After this course, the student:
1 understands how microscopic partition functions are determined by the atomic composition of a system;
2 can derive partition functions for simple systems;
3 can relate microscopic partition functions to macroscopic thermodynamic potentials;
4 can apply these relations to simple systems;
5 knows the crucial differences between classical (Boltzmann) and quantum mechanical (Fermi-Dirac, Bose-Einstein)
   systems.
6 can interpret thermodynamic data in terms of microscopic behavior.
Content
The focus is on the relation between the atomic composition of a system (atoms in perpetual motion) and the ensuing macroscopic behavior (pressure, temperature, etc). Statistical descriptions are introduced to describe systems of 10^23 atoms in terms of partition functions, and their relations to thermodynamic potentials are discussed. The main topics include statistical definitions of entropy, internal energy and Helmholtz free energy, the Boltzmann distribution, Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein distributions, the fundamental assumption of statistical mechanics, the equipartition theorem, equations of state. These concepts are applied to various simple systems, like ideal and non-ideal gases, solids and liquid mixtures.
Module
Module 9
Participating study
Bachelor Advanced Technology
Required materials
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Recommended materials
Book
D.V. Schroeder: An Introduction to Thermal Physics, ISBN 9780201380279, Addison Wesley Longman
Handouts
Handouts
Instructional modes
Lecture

Tutorial

Tests
Statistical Physics

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