These are notes, essentially the equation sheet, from the final review session for Thermal and Statistical Physics.
Review Week
Topics are everything that has been covered on homework. Problems should be similar to homework problems, but short enough to be completed during the exam. The exam will be closed notes. You should be able to remember the fundamental equations.
Most of the equations I expect you to remember date back from Energy and Entropy, with a few exceptions.
If you need a property of a particular system (the ideal gas, the simple harmonic oscillator), it will be given to you. There is no need, for instance, to remember the Stefan-Boltzmann law or the Planck distribution.
face Lecture
120 min.
ideal gas particle in a box grand canonical ensemble chemical potential statistical mechanics
These notes from week 6 of Thermal and Statistical Physics cover the ideal gas from a grand canonical standpoint starting with the solutions to a particle in a three-dimensional box. They include a number of small group activities.assignment Homework
assignment Homework
(Simple graphing) Purpose: Discover some of the properties of reduced mass by exploring the graph.
Using your favorite graphing package, make a plot of the reduced mass \begin{equation} \mu=\frac{m_1\, m_2}{m_1+m_2} \end{equation} as a function of \(m_1\) and \(m_2\). What about the shape of this graph tells you something about the physical world that you would like to remember? You should be able to find at least three things. Hint: Think limiting cases.
assignment Homework
assignment Homework
keyboard Computational Activity
120 min.
face Lecture
120 min.
chemical potential Gibbs distribution grand canonical ensemble statistical mechanics
These notes from the fifth week of Thermal and Statistical Physics cover the grand canonical ensemble. They include several small group activities.group Small Group Activity
30 min.
assignment Homework