Physics module: From classical to statistical mechanics through numerical examples
Lecturers and Teaching Assistants
Prof. Oren Raz
Aaron Rafael Liberman, Roi Holtzman
Course Schedule and Location
Tuesday, 09:15 - 12:00
Field of Study, Course Type and Credit Points
Science Teaching (non thesis MSc Track): Lecture; Obligatory; Regular; 4.00 points
Attendance and participation
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Estimated Weekly Independent Workload (in hours)
Much of the course will be taught through numerical simulations -- you will need a computer in class.
- Simulating a particle in a box - billiards.
- Strange Billiards: chaotic trajectories and the Lypunov exponent.
- From a single particle to simulating a gas of discs in a box.
- From N particles to velocity distribution: the Boltzmann distribution (and maybe the Boltzmann equations).
- A system and reservoir: the canonical ensemble.
- The thermodynamic quantities of a gas in a box: temperature, volume, pressure, density.
- Equation of state for ideal gas.
- Gas with interaction: the Van-der-Waals equation of state.
- Phase transitions in the van-der-Waals gas.
- From gas in a box to heat engines: simulations.
Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to connect, through numerical example, what we teach in classical mechanics and the thermodynamic concepts relevant to simple gasses.