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Theoretical physics II for materials scientists / Theoretical physics IV for teachers


  • Overview of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics
  • Basic concepts of thermodynamics
    • System
    • State variables
  • First law of thermodynamics and its applications
    • First law of thermodynamics
    • Caloric state equation
    • Specific heats
    • Adiabatic transition
  • Second law of thermodynamics and its consequences
    • Second law of thermodynamics
    • Carnot cycle
    • Absolute temperature
    • Entropy
    • Entropy as state variable
  • Thermodynamic potentials
    • Natural state variables
    • Construction of further thermodynamic potentials
    • Maxwell relations
    • Equilbrium conditions
    • Homogeneity relations
    • Entropy of the ideal gas
    • Third law of thermodynamics and its consequences
  • Phases and phase transitions
    • Gibbs' phase rule
    • Vapour pressure curve
    • Maxwell construction
    • Phase diagrams of binary systems