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Unformatted text preview: Department of Physics Prof. R. Bundschuh The Ohio State University First Problem Set for Physics 847 (Statistical Physics II) Winter quarter 2004 Important dates: Feb 10 10:30am-12:18pm midterm exam, Mar 16 9:30am-11:18am final exam Due date: Tuesday, Jan 13 1. Review 10 points Let us start by reviewing some of the key concepts from the first statistical mechanics course. a) What are the three laws of thermodynamics? b) What is special about the entropy in thermodynamic equilibrium compared to all other possible states of a system? c) What is a thermodynamic phase transition and what is the difference between a first- order and a continuous phase transition? d) What is the relation between the entropy of a macroscopic state and the number of microscopic states which correspond to the macroscopic state? e) What is the probability distribution of the microcanonical ensemble? What physical situation does it correspond to?...
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- Winter '04