Statistical mechanics Lecture 1 of 29

September 25, 2012 by Multimedia Publications and Printing Services

A. Schadicchio, ICTP

In this lesson the professor makes a brief introduction of the course and said that the course will be divided in three parts, thermodynamics, random variables and statistical mechanics, each part will be   of 10 lectures. The text book for the first part will be the Enrico Fermi Thermodynamics book but any book in thermodynamics will be good.  He starts the lesson by introducing the laws of thermodynamics (see below) and focusing on the zeroth and first laws. Then he introduces the equation of state for the ideal gas and the definition of Intensive and extensive variables and the reversible transformations. As an example he calculates the work done by an ideal gas expanding from volume VA to volume VB in a isothermal transformation (constant temperature). In the last part of the lesson he introduces the Carnot cycle and calculates the total work done and the efficiency in the cycle for the case of a monoatomic ideal gas.

Thermodynamics: Fundamentals for Applications. Author John Paul O'Connell (Google Book)

Thermodynamics: Fundamentals for Applications

Thermodynamics: Processes and Applications. Author LOGAN (Google Book)

Thermodynamics: Processes and Applications

 By LOGAN

Laws of thermodynamics(Wikipedia)

Laws of thermodynamics

Zeroth law of thermodynamics (Wikipedia)

Zeroth law of thermodynamics

First law of thermodynamics(Wikipedia)

First law of thermodynamics

Intensive and extensive properties (Wikipedia)

Intensive and extensive properties

Reversible process (Wikipedia)

Reversible process (thermodynamics)

Carnot cycle (Wikipedia)

Carnot cycle

As a complementary tool you can also see some lessons on Thermodynamics given in the Yale univerisity

Yale University Lesson 1 Themodynamics

Yale University Lesson 1 Themodynamics

Yale University Lesson 2 The Boltzmann Constant and First Law of Thermodynamics

Yale University Lesson 2 The Boltzmann Constant and First Law of Thermodynamics

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