Statistical Physics I University of Tsukuba
Statistical Physics as well as Quantum Mechanics provides the most important backbone of modern physics. In the present course, the basic principles of statistical mechanics are explained. After reviewing the basics of probability theory, the fundamental assumption of Statistical Mechanics, "principle of equal a priori probabilities," is introduced to construct statistical ensembles. The microscopic interpretation of entropy is explained so that the connection to thermodynamics becomes constructed.
1. The students are able to calculate probabilities with the binomial, normal, and Poisson distributions. 2. The students are able to explain the difference of the mechanical energy and thermal energy. 3. The students are able to explain the microscopic and macroscopic parameters, reversibility and irreversibility of statistical systems.
Related to 2. Understanding ability of physical phenomena.
Intro. to Single-Variable Calculus I & II, Advanced Calculus, Linear Algebra I & II, Probability and Statistics, Mechanics, Electromagnetism, Thermodynamics, Modern Physics
Homework & Class performance 30 % Final 70%
Random walk and statistical MmethodsProbability distributionsChange of random variables 1Change of random variables 2Microscopic States versus Macroscopic statesThe fundamental postulate: statistical (micro-canonical) ensemble:Classical interpretation of microscopic statesExact and inexact differentialsFirst law of thermodynamicsFundamental equations and equations of states
Online Course Requirement
* You may discuss with other students for preparing the written homework. Yet, just “a copy-and-paste” will not be accepted. No late homework will be accepted. * All exams are closed book for in-class lecture. In the case of hybrid lecture, all exams are open book.
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