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Statistical Mechanics A(2.0 credits)

Course Type:Basic Specialized Courses
Class Format:Lecture
Course Name : Applied Physics
Starts 1 : 3 the previous term
Elective/Compulsory : Compulsory
Lecturer : Masaki SASAI Professor 

•Course Purpose
Macroscopic i.e., human-size or laboratory-size properties of materials are manifestations of very many atoms and electrons constituting the material. Statistical mechanics gives a framework to relate the atomic properties to the macroscopic properties. In this course fundamental concepts and skills in statistical mechanics as well as the physical perspective of these methods are explained.

•Prerequisite Subjects
Analytical Mechanics,Thermodynamics, Quantum mechanics

•Course Topics
1. Atomic theory and statistical mechanics
2. Principle of equal probabilities and microcanonical distribution
3. Applications of methods of microcanonical distribution
4. Ideas of canonical distribution, free energy, and thermodynamic laws
5. Applications of methods of canonical distribution
6. Classical statistical mechanics and its application
7. Open systems and chemical potential
8. Ideas and applications of grandcanonical distribution

Tokei-Rikigaku (Statistical Mechanics) by Y. Nagaoka (Iwanami)

•Additional Reading
Statistical Mechanics: An Advanced Course with Problems and Solutions by Kubo, Ryogo, and Ichimura, Hiroshi, and Usui, Tsunemaru

•Grade Assessment
Examinations(middle:30%, term end:70%). Record more than 60/100 is qualified. Ones who do not attend the intermediate or final examination are regarded as "abscent".

Knowledge of analytical mechanics and thermodynamics is assumed. Knowledge of elementary quantum mechanics is used in lecture.

•Contacting Faculty
During or after the class.


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