Some Web sites of interest and relevance to Physics 404

**Spring 2008 **

**Chapter heading to be updated and coordinated **

**Many broken links fixed (or eliminated); please report any problems**

**Blundells' site for Concepts in Thermal Physics; listing of errors **

Other downloadable books

D. Styer, Statistical Mechanics

R. Fitzpatrick, Thermodynamics & Stat Mech (html)

*Schroeder's site for An Introduction to Thermal Physics:*

**List of important equations in Schroeder **

*from The Onion, for your amusement:*

Earth rotation plunges continent into darkness

Collection of simulations:

**Java
Simulations for Statistical and Thermal Physics**
from
Gould and Tobochnik's excellent curriculum development

**General
references:**

**Wikipedia: thermodynamics, statistical
thermodynamics, statistical
mechanics, ... **

Compendium of sites for Stat Mech & Thermo, also Nano, Quantum

**Hyperphysics
subsite on Heat & Thermodynamics**: lots of nice calculational modules

**Basics:**

1. Permutations and combinations, elementary review and alternative, with binomial coefficients

1. Combinations (wikipedia, terse)

1. **Binomial distribution applet**

1. Stirling's approximation (wikipedia)

2. Cute applet about heat capacity

2. Heat capacity (wikipedia)

3. **Normal probability calculator**

3. Binomial and normal distributions, from Rice U.

4. Clear, succinct, elementary discussion of thermal expansion

4. Mathematica-generated sketch of sharpening of macrostate distribution with N

4. Ideal atmosphere applet (cf. example 4.4)

**Kinetic Theory of Gases:**

5. **Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution, applet** (Davidson)

5. **Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution****, with applet **(Rappe group at UPenn)

5. **Speed distribution for noble gases**

5. **M-B speed distribution for 2D hard spheres** (GT)

Wolfram demo: simulation of simple model of gas pressure

9. Diffusion

**Thermodynamics:**

13. Carnot cycle [alternative download site] sophisticated

13. **Carnot cycle** from UVa

13. Wolfram demo: Carnot cycle on ideal gas

13. Nice summary of ideal gas processes for atoms and dimers

13. **Otto cycle-car engine, animated**

13. Otto cycle with p-V diagram, re Wright brothers

13. **Diesel engine**

13. **Stirling engine **in Wikipedia, has nice graphics, p-V diagram, and lots of info

13. **Stirling engine****, excellent applet linked in Wikipedia article**

13. Stirling engine (in German)

13. Refrigeration cycle, qualitative

14. Applet of bouncing ball and entropy

14. Extensive, non-technical discussion of entropy

14. Long discussion of entropy claiming to clarify common misconceptions

14. Discussion of Joule expansion

14. Slides re 1st law and Joule expansion; some nice basic drawings

14. Maxwell's demon

17. Coefficients of linear expansion of the elements

17. **Adiabatic demagnetization: note first figure**

17. Adiabatic demagnetization refrigeration equipment

19. **Equipartition**

19/33. **Brownian motion, excellent applet**

19/33. Brownian motion, atomic and microscope views

19/33. Brownian motion in 1D and 2D

20/21. Applets for 2-level system and for dimer rotation, plus extensive text and quizzes

21. Buckyball: C60

22. Le Chatlier's principle demo

23. Black body radiation spectrum

23. **Black body spectrum, inc. total emitted power**

23. Stellar spectra

23. Solar sails and wikipedia description

23. Space travel with solar power and Dyson sphere

24. **Phonon dispersion and display of transverse modes in 1D** (excellent java app but too complicated for Phys 404. Just look at the acoustic mode; ignore the optical mode! Also, just focus on either the red or the blue dots)

24. Phonon density of states via "debye"

26. Wikipedia article on van der Waals equation

26. Comparison of van der Waals and ideal gas isotherms

26. **van der Waals applet**, with adjustable a and b

26. van der Waals compressibility (=pV/NkT) vs. p for adjustable a, b, T

26. Ideal gas, van der Waals, and alternative

26. van der Waals isotherms (in French)

26. van der Waals and Maxwell construction (Wolfram demo hyping Mathematica 6) notebook

28. Latent heat, elementary but good graph

28. Better site on latent heat, but less polished graph

28. **Generic phase diagrams, nice summary**

29. Dependence of Fermi-Dirac distribution on chemical potential

29. Bose-Einstein, Fermi-Dirac, and Maxwell-Boltzmann Statistics (Wolfram demo) Mathematica 6 notebook

29/30. Wikipedia: Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein statistics

30. **Applet schematic about when Bose-Einstein condensation occurs**

30. Bose-Einstein condensation, popularized exposition with nice java

Applets for 2-level system and rotating dimer (scroll down past formalism!)

Equilibration of Einstein solids

Flanders & Swan ditty on Laws of Thermodynamics

**Free Energies, Phase Transformations, Chemical Thermodynamics:**

Liquid 4He phase diagram and info

Chemistry animations & simulations

Chemical equilibrium, with virtual experiments

Chemical equilibrium, nice example from above

Phase changes, from chemistry suite at Davidson

Phase separation--dramatic movie

**Boltzmann Statistics, Classical Systems**

Vesely site on Boltzmann & statistical physics in introductory courses

Illustrative applet for system with 4 discrete levels

Statistical mechanics simulator

**Chap.
7--Quantum Statistics**

Path-integral simulation of Bose condensation (Shumway at ASU)

**Ising model & Monte Carlo simulation**

**Ising
applet**, by Peter Young: control T, monitor configurations, magnetization and energy (seems no longer available)

Ising applet with adjustable dimensions and boundary conditions, as well as usual controls

**3D
Ising model**, lots of nice controls

Compendium of Monte Carlo applets

Random applet, with nice sketch of theory and ability to tune and test

Mersenne
twister--state-of-the-art random-number generator

*Conductivity
& transport:*

Random walk applet, along with elementary discussion of diffusion

Phase transitions:

Broken symmetry and order parameters (by J. Sethna)

Melting of metal--crude animation

*Last updated Jan 24, 2008*