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Computational Physics Group

Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna,

Boltzmanngasse 5, A-1090 Vienna, Austria, Europe

Copyright F. Vesely 1996-2005

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This web tutorial was devised as a tool for teaching Statistical Physics to second year students. It may be used by any teacher who finds it useful. Conditions for download and modification of text and JAVA applets are as usual: cite the original source; don't hold me responsible for errors, yours or mine. Feedback is welcome but not necessary.

Blushingly I add that this StatPhys tutorial has won the ''Innovations in Teaching Award 2002'' by the University of Vienna.

- 1. Why is water wet?
- 1.1 A quick resumé of thermodynamics
- 1.2 Model systems
- 1.3 Fundamentals of Statistics
- 1.4 Problems for Chapter 1

- 2. Elements of Kinetic Theory
- 2.1 Boltzmann's Transport Equation
- 2.2 The Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution
- 2.3 Thermodynamics of dilute gases
- 2.4 Transport processes
- 2.5 Just in case ...
- 2.6 Problems for Chapter 2

- 3. Phase space

- 4. Statistical Thermodynamics
- 4.1 Microcanonical ensemble
- 4.2 Canonical ensemble
- 4.3 Grand canonical ensemble
- 4.4 Problems for Chapter 4

- 5. Statistical Quantum Mechanics
- 5.1 Ideal quantum gas: Method of the most probable distribution
- 5.2 Ideal quantum gas: Grand canonical ensemble
- 5.3 Ideal Fermi gas
- 5.4 Ideal Bose gas
- 5.5 Problems for Chapter 5

- Bibliography
- About this document ...

2005-01-25