327-0410-00L  Projects in Statistical Thermodynamics

SemesterSpring Semester 2020
LecturersJ. Vermant, P. Derlet
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentPlanned to be offered for the last time in FS 2021.


AbstractIndependent study of selected topics in statistical thermodynamics (small projects with presentations)
Objective(1) Supplement to and illustration of the course "Foundations of Materials Physics A"
(2) Deeper understanding by independent study of selected topics in statistical thermodynamics (small projects with presentations)
Content1. Thermal Engines.
2. Boltzmann- life and work.
3. Phase Diagrams of Multicomponent Systems.
4. How does a fuel cell work?
5. Magnetic Systems: the Ising Model.
6. The Gibbs-Thomson effect or "how difficult it is to be small".
7. Diffusion in fluids and soft solids: Fluctuations and motion.
8. Elastic response of soft solids: Entropic vs energetic elasticity.
9. The ant in the labyrinth: A first approach to diffusion and transport in disordered media.
10. Up or down? Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics illustrated for two-state systems.
11. Real solids: Thermodynamics in equilibrium.
12. Batteries: Kinetics and irreversible thermodynamics.