A session wise schedule of readings is provided in the table below.


Hill, Terrill L. An Introduction to Statistical Thermodynamics. New York, NY: Dover, 1987. ISBN: 9780486652429.

Other Resources

Knox, J. H. Molecular Thermodynamics. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, 1971. ISBN: 9780471495901.

Andrews, F. C. Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, 1975. ISBN: 9780471031239.

Silbey, R., R. Alberty, and M. Bawendi. Physical Chemistry. 4th ed. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, 2004. ISBN: 9780471215042.

McQuarrie, D., and J. Simon. Physical Chemistry: A Molecular Approach. University Science, 1997. ISBN: 9780935702996.

Metiu, H. Physical Chemistry: Statistical Mechanics. Taylor & Francis, 2006. ISBN: 9780815340850.

Maczek, A. Statistical Thermodynamics. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1998. ISBN: 9780198559115.

Nash, L. Elements of Statistical Thermodynamics. 2nd ed. New York, NY: Dover, 2006. ISBN: 9780486449784.

Callen, H. Thermodynamics and an Introduction to Thermostatistics. 2nd ed. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, 1985. ISBN: 9780471862567.

Widom, B. Statistical Mechanics: A Concise Introduction for Chemists. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2002. ISBN: 9780521811194.

McQuarrie, D. Statistical Mechanics. 2nd ed. University Science Books, 2000. ISBN: 9781891389153.

Reif, F. Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 1965. ISBN: 9780070518001.

Kittel, C. Introduction to Solid State Physics. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, 1986. ISBN: 9780471874744.

Mayer, J., and M. Mayer. Statistical Mechanics. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, 1966.

Sachs, M. Solid State Theory. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 1963.

Bube, R. Electrons in Solids. Burlington, MA: Academic Press, 1992. ISBN: 9780121385538.

Ibach, H., and H. Lüth. Solid State Physics. New York, NY: Springer-Verlag, 2003. ISBN: 9783540438700.

Ashcroft, N. W., and, N. D. Mermin. Solid State Physics. Saunders College, 1976. ISBN: 9780030839931.

Kauzmann, W. Kinetic Theory of Gases. Benjamin, 1966.

Houston, P. Chemical Kinetics and Reaction Dynamics. New York, NY: Dover, 2006. ISBN: 9780486453347.

Readings Text Legend

H = Hill
Mac = Maczek
Met = Metiu

1 Review of thermodynamics H: 1-6
2 E, A, and S: macroscopic properties for microscopic probabilities {Pi} H: 6-20
3 Canonical partition function: replace {Pi} by Q H: 12-13 and 18-20
4 Microcanonical ensemble: replace {Pi} by Ω, Q vs. Ω H: 26-30 and 33-38
5 Molecular partition function: replace E (assembly) by ε (molecule)

H: 59-70

Mac: 16-19

Met: 49-55

6 Q corrected for molecular indistinguishability H: 68-70
7 Translational part of Boltzmann partition function H: 74-77
8 Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac, and Bose-Einstein statistics H: 59-72
9 Calculation of macroscopic properties from microscopic energy levels: qtrans H: 74-81

Quantum vs. classical qtrans


Internal degrees of freedom

H: 82-85 and 112-115
11 Internal degrees of freedom for atoms and diatomic molecules

H: 147-158

Mac: 42-53


Rotational partition function


H: 153-159

Mac: 47-53

Met: 131-142

13 Nuclear spin statistics: symmetry number, σ Low temperature limit for rotational partition function

H: 153-159 and 466-472

Mac: 54-57

14 Low and high-T limits for qrot and qvib

H: 153-159

Mac: 51-53

15 Polyatomic molecules: rotation and vibration

H: 151-153

Mac: 53 and 58-63

16 Chemical equilibrium I

H: 177-182

Mac: 77-83

Met: 179-191

17 Chemical equilibrium II

H: 182-187

Mac: 83-92

Met: 191-196

18 Model intermolecular potentials H: 261-274
21 Thermodynamics of solid: Einstein and Debye models H: 86-98
22 Einstein and Debye solids H: 98-105 and 490-495
24 Free electron theory of a metal H: 441-444