Textbook: Recommended: Statistical Mechanics, by D.A. McQuarrie (University Science); Statistical Mechanics, by N. Davidson (Dover); Introduction to Modern Statistical Mechanics, by D. Chandler (Oxford)
Instructor: Prof. Kirk Peterson
(3357867, Fulmer 104B)
http://tyr0.chem.wsu.edu/~kipeters/Chem534
Schedule: TTh 121:15 in Todd 202
Office hrs: by arrangement
Syllabus:
here
Week 
Lecture
Topics and Homework 
Aug 24 
Ensembles, Probabilities,
Probability distributions, Boltzmann distribution HW #1 here (due Thurs., Sept. 3rd at beginning of class); Solutions 
Aug 31 
previous week's topics
continued 
Sept. 7 
Canonical partition function,
ensemble averages, thermodynamic connections, fluctuations HW #2 here (due Tues, Sept. 15th); Solutions 
Sept. 14 
Ideal gases: Boltzmann
statistics, molecular partition functions; HW #3 here (due Thurs., Sept. 24th); Solutions 
Sept. 21 
Diatomic and polyatomic
partition functions; HW #4 here (due
Thurs., Oct. 8th); Solutions 
Sept. 28 
more on polyatomic molecule
partition functions 
Oct. 5 
continued 
Oct. 12 
Exam
1 (Tues.); Solutions ideal gas partition functions continued; HW #5 here (due Tues., Oct. 27th); Solutions 
Oct. 19 
Chemical Equilibria 
Oct. 26 
ideal solids (harmonic
crystals, RayleighJeans, Debye theory); HW #6 here (due Tues., Nov. 3); Solutions 
Nov. 2 
classical statistical
mechanics (phase space averages, equipartition theorem); HW
#7 here (due Tues., Nov. 17th); Solutions 
Nov. 9 
the grand canonical partition function; nonideal gases (virial expansion, intermolecular potentials) 
Nov. 16 
Exam
2 (Thurs.); Solutions Real gases continued; HW #8 here (due Thurs., Dec. 3); Solutions 
Nov. 23 
Thanksgiving break 
Nov. 30 
Liquids (molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo) 
Dec. 7 
Quantum ideal gases
(BoseEinstein and FermiDirac statistics); HW #9 here 
Dec. 17 (8:00
 10am)

FINAL EXAM (cumulative) 
points  
2 exams  500 
homework  200 
final exam  300 
total  1000 
Scale (broad strokes):
850  1000 A
650  800 B
< 600 C