
[Dr. Jayandren Rasaiah] Course Offerings  (Schedule Variable)
Statistical Thermodynamics:
(CHY 673 / PHY 512)
(3 Credit Hours)
This course is offered to graduate students in chemistry, physics, biochemistry and chemical engineering.
Prerequisites: Undergraduate Physical Chemistry, Modern Physics or equivalent
Syllabus
 Thermodynamics of fluids and magnetic systems. Critical phenomena and exponents. Thermodynamics of surfaces.
 The Ergodic Theorem. The Microcanonical, Canonical and Grand Canonical Ensembles. Fluctuations.
 Applications to Noninteracting (ideal) Systems. Photons and Phonons. Einstein and FermiDirac Statistics. The Langmuir Adsorption Isotherm. The Classical limit and Ideal Gases. Chemical Equilibria and Ideal Gases. Ideal Dipoles in an Electric Field.
 Nonideal fluids. The Configurational Partition Function. Conformal Potentials and the Law of Corresponding States. Distribution Functions g(r). Integral Equation approximations for g(r). Thermodynamic Perturbation Theory.
 Cooperative phenomena. The Ising model. The Lattice Gas model and Binary alloys. Mean Field Theories. LandauGinsburg Theory. High and Low Temperature Expansions. Widom and Kadanoff Scaling. Intoduction to Renormalization group.
 Time dependent phenomena. The Liouville Equation. Time Correlation functions and Onsager's Regression Hypothesis. The Fluctuation Dissipation Theorem and Linear Response Theory. Friction and the Langevin Equation. Chemical Reaction ratesTransition State Theory and Kramers' Theory.
 Computer simulation of Simple Fluids and Magnetic systems. Introduction to Monte Carlo and Molecular dynamics.(time permitting)
Texts
 Statistical Mechanics — Lecture notes J. C. Rasaiah
 Statistical Mechanics of Phase Transitions, J. M.Yeomans (Oxford)
 Introduction to Modern Statistical Mechanics; David Chandler, (Oxford).
 Statistical mechanics Fourth edition by R.K. Paritha and P.D Beale (optional)
or Statistical and Thermal Physics by H. Gould and J. Tobochnik
References
 Equalibrium statistical phyisics by M. Plischke and B. Bergersen
 Statistical phyics of particles and fields by M. Kardar (2 vols)
 A modern course in statistical physics by L. E. Reichl
 Statistical Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory; Charles E. Hecht (Dover)
 An Introduction to Statistical Thermodynamics; T. L. Hill (Dover)
 Statistical Mechanics; Donald McQuarrie (Harper and Row)
 A Course in Statistical Mechanics by H. L. Friedman (Prentice Hall)
 Statistical Mechanics; Kerson Huang, (John Wiley)
 Statistical Physics I &II; M. Toda, R. Kubo, N. Saito and N. Hashitsume. (Springer Verlag)
 Statistical Thermodynamics for Chemists and Biochemists; A. Ben Naim (Plenum)
 Statistical mechanics of Strongly Interacting Systems: Encyclopedia of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry; J. C. Rasaiah
 Lectures in Phase Transitions and Renormalization Group; N. Goldenfield (Adison Wesley)
 Statistical physics: statics, dynamics, and renormalization by L. Kadanoff
 Lectures in phase transitions and renormalization group by N. Goldfield
 Theory of simple liquids by JeanPierre Hansen and I. R. McDonald
Reffrences on reserve at Fogler library.