• Previous Offering: Fall 2019
  • Timetable:
    • Tuesday and Wednesday — 12:30 PM – 02:00 PM — Room: Announced soon
    • Office hours will be communicated soon, via email.
  • Course Outline: The outline can be downloaded from here.
  • Lecture 1: Introduction
    • Why do we study thermodynamics?
    • Atomic Theory of Matter
    • What is thermodynamics?
    • Need for Statistical Approach
    • Microscopic and Macroscopic Systems
    • Classical and Statistical Thermodynamics
    • Classical and Quantum Approaches
  • Lecture 2: First Law of Thermodynamics-I
    • Concept of Heat and Heat Capacity
    • Concept of Energy
    • Functions of State and Exact Differentials
    • The First Law of Thermodynamics
    • How adding heat can change the internal energy of a gas?
    • Heat Capacity of an Ideal Monatomic Gas
    • Practice Assignment: All examples and exercise problems of Chapter 11 from Blundell and Blundell
    • Handouts
  • Lecture 3: First Law of Thermodynamics-II
    • Concept of Reversibility
    • Quasistatic Phenomena
    • Isothermal Expansion of an Ideal Gas
    • Adiabatic Expansion of an Ideal Gas
    • Practice Assignment: All examples and exercise problems 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 from Chapter 12 of Blundell and Blundell
    • Handouts
  • Lecture 4: Second Law of Thermodynamics
    • Importance of Heat Engines in Thermodynamics
    • Clausius Statement of Second Law of Thermodynamics
    • Kelvin Statement of Second Law of Thermodynamics
    • Carnot Engine
    • Carnot’s Theorem
    • Equivalence of Clausius’ and Kelvin’s Statements
    • Practice Assignment: All examples and exercise problems 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 from Chapter 13 of Blundell and Blundell
    • Handouts
    • Homework 1 (Due Date: November 16, 2020)
  • Lecture 5: Entropy-I
    • Clausius’ Theorem (This is included in the handouts of Lecture 4.)
    • Introduction to Entropy
    • Entropy in terms of a Irreversible Change
    • Handouts
  • Lecture 6: Entropy-II
    • First Law of Thermodynamics and Entropy
    • The Joule Expansion
    • Change of Entropy in the Gas, Surroundings, and Universe during a Reversible Isothermal Expansion and Compression
    • Practice Assignment: All examples and exercise problems 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 from Chapter 14 of Blundell and Blundell
    • Handouts
  • Lecture 7: Thermodynamic Potentials
    • Internal Energy
    • Enthalpy
    • Helmholtz Free Energy
    • Gibbs Free Energy
    • Thermodynamic Square
    • Handouts
  • Lecture 8: Constraints on Thermodynamic Potentials
    • Minimization of Availability (A)
    • Minimization of Helmholtz Free Energy (F)
    • Maximization of Entropy (S)
    • Minimization of Gibbs Free Energy (G)
    • Maxwell’s Relations
    • Handouts
    • Homework 2 (Due Date: December 1, 2020)
  • Lecture 9: Introduction to Probability
    • Idea of Probability
    • Discrete and Continuous Probability Distributions
    • Variance
    • Standard Deviation
    • Linear Transformation of Random Variables
    • Independent Variables
    • Handouts
  • Lecture 10: Random Walk Problem
    • Random Walk Problem in 1 and 2 Dimensions
    • Why random walk problem is important?
    • Total Number of Possibilities for N Objects
    • Number of Distinct Ways to accommodate N Indistinguishable Objects in M Places (N = M)
    • Binomial Distribution
    • Bernoulli’s Trial
    • Handouts
  • Lecture 11: Law of Large Numbers
  • Lecture 12: Statistical Interpretation of Temperature
  • Lecture 13: Ensembles
  • Lecture 14: Boltzmann Distribution of Velocities
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