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Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2009/10
01GTJHM
Statistical thermodynamics
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Physical Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Rasetti Mario ORARIO RICEVIMENTO     5 0 0 0 5
SSD CFU Activities Area context
FIS/01 5 C - Affini o integrative Cultura scientifica, umanistica, giuridica, economica, socio-politica
Objectives of the course
The equilibrium distributions of bosons and fermions are derived and discussed in view of their applications to the theory of black body radiation and of some thermodynamical properties of solids and liquids.
Prerequisites
General Physics, Basic Principles of Quantum Mechanics.
Syllabus
The course includes the following sections: 1) Classical Thermodynamics, 2) Statistical definition of Temperature; 3) Bose- Einstein and Fermi- Dirac Statistics; 4) Quantization of the electromagnetic field: photons and black body radiation; 5) Quantization of the displacement field in crystals: phonons and specific heats, thermal expansion; 6) Theory of an ideal gas: translational, rotational and vibrational contributions to the internal energy; 7) Bose condensation in liquid helium; 8) Fermi level and electronic specific heat of metals.
Bibliography
No textbook is necessary: the students are invited to study their handwritten notes.
Revisions / Exam
Oral examination.

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2009/10
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