 Review of Thermodynamics: 0th, 1st, 2nd laws, Entropy, TdS relationships, Carnot cycle, Legendre transform and thermodynamic potentials, Gibbs phase rules, Gibbs free energy and phase
transitions.
 Statistical Mechanics: Introduction  the need for a Statistical approach to thermodynamics.
 Random processes. Coin tossing and the drunkard's walk. Binomial distribution. Stirling's approximation for the factorial. The normal distribution.
 Boltzmann's hypothesis S = k logW . Application to a system of noninteracting spins.
 Identical particles and indistinguishability. Counting of distributions for noninteracting
distinguishable and indistinguishable particles, Derivation of the MaxwellBoltzmann, FermiDirac
and BoseEinstein statistics.
 Simple Applications of MB, FD and BE statistics.
