CHEM 422 Introduction to Statistical Thermodynamics

Review of Classical Thermodynamics: fundamental equation, maximum entropy principle, Legendre transforms and thermodynamic potentials. Basic notions of probability theory. Ensemble theory: microcanonical, canonical and grandcanonical ensembles. Partition functions. Fluctuations, equivalence of ensembles. Classical phasespace approach. Quantum statistics: FermiDirac and BoseEinstein distributions. Classical limit of quantum statistics. Applications to ideal gases, chemical equilibrium, models for adsorption and elasticity.
Credit units: 3 ECTS Credit units: 6, Prerequisite:
CHEM 323.



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