Readings are from the following main texts (either text can be used):
1. Daniel V. Schroeder, An introduction to thermal physics [Schroeder].
2. Charles Kittel and Herbert Kroemer, Thermal Physics [Kittel].
Students who would like to do extracurriculum reading and familiarise themselves with, e.g., the density matrix formulation of quantum statistical ensembles, are encouraged to read the following advanced texts:
1. Kerson Huang, Statistical Mechanics (Wiley, 1963).
2. L. D. Landau and E. M. Lifshitz, Statistical Physics, 3rd edition (Pergamon, 1980).
3. L. D. Landau and E. M. Lifshitz, Quantum mechanics, 3rd edition (Pergamon, 1980).
These extracurriculum readings are not part of the formal assessment.
Week 1 
Tue

25 Jul 
Lecture 1: Introduction; An overview of Thermal Physics.
[Schroeder, pp. 120] 
Wed

26 Jul

L2: Multiplicity; States of model binary systems.
[Schroeder, pp. 4966, 6874] or [Kittel, pp. 526] 
Thu

27 Jul 
Problem Set 1 

Week 2 
Tue 
1 Aug 
L3: Microcanonical ensemble; Fundamental assumption.
[Schroeder, pp. 5659, 7494] or [Kittel, pp. 2945] 
Wed 
2 Aug 
L4: Entropy; Temperature.
[Schroeder, pp. 7494, 98105] or [Kittel, pp. 2945] 
Thu 
3 Aug 
Problem Set 2 

Week 3 
Tue 
8 Aug 
L5: Laws of thermodynamics.
[Kittel, pp. 4552] or [Schroeder 1720, 7498] 
Wed 
9 Aug 
L6: Canonical ensemble formalism: Boltzmann Factor; Partition Function.
[Schroeder, pp. 220229] or [Kittel, pp. 5864].

Thu 
10 Aug 
Revision: Weeks 13; Start Problem Set 3 

Week 4 
Tue 
15 Aug 
L7: Canonical ensemble formalism: Free energy, Pressure, and Thermodynamic Identity.
[Schroeder, pp. 108114, 149152, 156164] or [Kittel, pp. 6472]

Wed 
16 Aug 
Public Holiday

Thu 
17 Aug 
Problem Set 3 

Week 5 
Tue 
22 Aug 
L7 (cont.): Canonical ensemble formalism: Free energy, Pressure, and Thermodynamic Identity.
[Schroeder, pp. 108114, 149152, 156164] or [Kittel, pp. 6472]
(Extracurriculum lecture on Negative Temperaure.) 
Wed 
23 Aug 
L8: Ideal gas: a first look; Gibbs Paradox; Equipartition Theorem.
[Schroeder, pp. 229255] or [Kittel, pp. 7281] 
Thu 
24 Aug 
Problem Set 4 

Week 6 
Tue 
29 Aug 
L8 (cont.): Ideal gas: a first look; Gibbs Paradox; Equipartition Theorem.
[Schroeder, pp. 229255] or [Kittel, pp. 7281] 
Wed 
30 Aug 
Revision 
Thu 
31 Aug 
Mid Semester Test 1 

Week 7

Tue 
5 Sep 
L9: Grandcanonical ensemble formalism: Chemical potential; GrandCanonical Partition Function
[Schroeder, pp. 115121, 257261] or [Kittel, pp. 117122, 131140] 
Wed 
6 Sep 
L10: Identity of particles in Quantum Mechanics; Bosons and Fermions;
BoseEinstein and FermiDirac distributions.
[Schroeder, pp. 262271,379380] or [Kittel, pp. 151161] 
Thu 
7 Sep 
Problem Set 5 

Week 8

Tue 
12 Sep 
L11: Quantum and classical regimes of an ideal gas; Grand canonical description of the ideal gas.
[Schroeder, pp. 262271,379380] and [Kittel, pp. 160166]

Wed 
13 Sep 
L12: Spin multiplicity; Quantum states and quantum density of states.
[Schroeder, pp. 262271,279282] or [Kittel, pp. 181188]. 
Thu 
14 Sep 
Problem Set 6 

Week 9

Tue

19 Sep 
L13: Fermi gases.
[Schroeder, pp.271282] or [Kittel, pp. 183189] 
Wed 
20 Sep 
L14: Finite temperature Fermi gases.
[Schroeder, pp.282288] or [Kittel, pp. 189199] 
Thu 
21 Sep 
Problem Set 7 

MID SEMESTER BREAK 

Week 10 
Tue 
3 Oct 
L15: Bose gases.
[Schroeder, pp.315326] or [Kittel, pp. 199206] 
Wed 
4 Oct 
L16: Finite temperature Bose gases.
[Schroeder, pp.315326] or [Kittel, pp. 202210] 
Thu 
5 Oct 
Problem Set 8 

Week 11 
Tue 
10 Oct 
Revision 
Wed 
11 Oct 
Mid Semester Test 2 
Thu 
12 Oct 
Solutions to Mid Semester Test 2 

Week 12 
Tue 
17 Oct 
L17: Planck distribution; Blackbody radiation.
[Schroeder, pp.288292] or [Kittel, pp. 8994] 
Wed 
18 Oct 
L18: Blackbody radiation (cont.).
[Schroeder, pp. 292306] or [Kittel, pp. 9498] 
Thu 
19 Oct 
Problem Set 9 

Week 13 
Tue 
24 Oct 
L19: Debye model of a solid.
[Schroeder, pp. 307314] and [Kittel, pp. 102110] 
Wed 
25 Oct 
L20: The Ising model of a ferromagnet.
[Schroeder, pp. 339346] 
Thu 
26 Oct 
Problem Set 10, Revision. 

4 Nov  18 Nov 
Examination period 

