|| PH31510 |
|| THERMAL PHYSICS 2 |
|| 2003/2004 |
|| Dr Eleri Pryse |
|| Semester 2 |
|| Dr Sian A Jones |
|| Core Physics Modules at Levels 1 & 2 |
| Course delivery
|| Lecture || 20 lectures |
|| Seminars / Tutorials || 2 workshops |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||3 Hours End of semester examinations for MPhys students. 2 hours for BSc students ||80%|
|Semester Assessment|| Course Work: Example sheet 1 Deadline (by week of Semester): Week 5||10%|
|Semester Assessment|| Course Work: Example sheet 2 Deadline (by week of Semester): Week 10||10%|
After taking this module students should be able to:
describe such ideas as phase changes and chemical potential.
describe low temperature phenomena from a macroscopic and microscopic point of view.
explain the basic concepts of statistical mechanics and their application to investigate the properties of matter.
This module aims to:
a) build on the introductory thermodynamics course, introducing such ideas as phase changes and chemical potential.
b) introduce phenomena that occur at low temperatures, and to explain these from both a macroscopic and a microscopic point of view.
c) introduce the concepts of statistical mechanics, and use these in particular to investigate the properties of matter.
Reminder: Thermodynamic potentials, Maxwell relations, thermodynamic variables
First order phase changes: Gibbs function and Clausius-Clapeyron equation
Second and higher order phase changes
Ehrenfests classification, examples of different order
Adiabatic demagnetisation: attainment of very low temperatures
Chemical Potential and its applications to open systems
Third Law of thermodynamics: entropy near absolute zero
Negative temperatures and population inversion
Superfluidity: properties of liquid helium
Assembly of distinguishable particles: Boltzmann distribution, Partition function, link to thermodynamic quantities, examples
Assembly of indistinguishable particles (gases): Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein distributions, Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution, examples
** Recommended Text
C. Finn Thermal Physics
D.H. Trevana Statistical Mechanics
** Supplementary Text
A. Kent Experimental Low-Temperature Physics
T Guenault Statistical Physics
P. Reidi Thermal Physics
This module is at CQFW Level 6