Statistical Mechanics Lecture 1 of 29

April 2, 2012 by Antonello Scardicchio

A. Scardicchio, 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)

<span style="font-size: large;">Thermodynamics: Processes and Applications</span>

<span class="addmd" style="font-size: large;"> By LOGAN</span>

Laws of thermodynamics(Wikipedia)

<span style="font-size: large;">Laws of thermodynamics</span>

Zeroth law of thermodynamics (Wikipedia)

<span style="font-size: large;">Zeroth law of thermodynamics</span>

First law of thermodynamics(Wikipedia)

<span style="font-size: large;">First law of thermodynamics</span>

Intensive and extensive properties (Wikipedia)

<span style="font-size: large;">Intensive and extensive properties</span>

Reversible process (Wikipedia)

<span style="font-size: large;">Reversible process (thermodynamics)</span>

Carnot cycle (Wikipedia)

<span style="font-size: large;">Carnot cycle</span>

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

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