Submitted by Nicholas C. Darnton (inactive) on Friday, 1/15/2010, at 7:25 PM

This course develops equilibrium thermodynamics in parallel with statistical mechanics.  It defines the three laws of thermodynamics and the relationship between various thermodynamic quantities: temperature, heat, work, entropy, enthalpy, etc.  We will develop kinetic theories of ideal gases and solids.  We will derive techniques, particularly partition functions, to compute equilibrium distributions of classical and quantum systems, including boson and fermion statistics.  We will address classical phase transitions, including magnetic materials, and (time permitting) more exotic systems such as liquid crystals and the 1D and 2D Ising model. 

We will closely follow the textbook's presentation, with the omission of parts of Chapter 5 and Chapter 8 if time does not permit.