PCC-50803 Statistical Thermodynamics

Course

Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Tutorial24
Practical12
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. RJ de Vries
dr. ir. PA Barneveld
prof. dr. ir. J van der Gucht
Lecturer(s)dr. RJ de Vries
dr. ir. PA Barneveld
prof. dr. ir. J van der Gucht
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. J van der Gucht

Language of instruction:

Dutch and/or English

Assumed knowledge on:

PCC-22306 Driving Forces in Chemistry, Physics and Biology.

Continuation courses:

Thesis Physical Chemistry and Soft Matter.

Contents:

Molecular modelling becomes increasingly important in the research arena. This course deals with the basic theory needed for the modelling of molecular systems. We will give a statistical interpretation of concepts known from classical thermodynamics. The Boltzmann distributions plays a central role. We study both simple systems, such as the ideal gas, but also elaborate on more complex systems, phase transitions and the mean field approximation, to name a few. Illustrations are taken from the field of physical chemistry and interfacial science, but we stress that the approach that is discussed is not limited to this.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand and apply the machinery of statistical thermodynamics;
- work with Boltzmann distributions;
- formulate partition functions and extract measurable quantities from these;
- solve simple partition functions and have insight in strategies to approximate more complex ones, in particular the mean-field approximation;
- understand how computer simulations can help to evaluate molecularly realistic models;
- understand how measurable quantities can be extracted from computer simulations.

Activities:

- lectures;
- practical and problem solving in the field of statistical thermodynamics.

Examination:

Written exam with open questions.

Literature:

To be announced.