FISI 4057: Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics


The zeroth law of thermodynamics and the concept of temperature. The First law and the conservation of energy. The Second law and the direction of natural process. Carnot's engine. Concept of entropy. Absolute scale of temperature. The Third law and simple applications. The principle of statistical mechanics: Thermodynamic weight, Statistical mechanical ideas of entropy and the connection with thermodynamics; the Maxwell-Boltzmann, the Bose-Einstein, and the Fermi-Dirac distributions.


3 credit hours.