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PHYS 2002


Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics


Assignment 1b, Semester 1, 2016



Curtin University


Faculty of Science and Engineering


Department of Physics and Astronomy



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PHYS2002: Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics






Assignment 1b, Semester 1, 2016



(Total 6 marks)



a. (6 marks) Beginning from the four thermodynamic potentials U , H, F , and G,


derive the four Maxwell relations for an ideal gas.






(Total 12 marks)



a. (3 marks)





Describe what is meant by entropy, and beginning from Clausius?s






? 0,





show that dS ? 0.


b. (6 marks) Consider a container of volume V separated into two equal halves by


a movable piston. The two halves are in thermal equilibrium at a temperature T . One half


contains nA moles of gas A at pressure p and the other half contains nB moles of gas B at


pressure 3p. Both gases are ideal, and the container is thermally isolated from its surroundings.


The piston is initially held in place, and then released to allow the system to come to pressure


equilibrium. Determine an expression for the change in entropy of the system as a whole, in


terms of nA and the gas constant R.


c. (2 marks) Determine the additional entropy change that would be produced if the


piston were completely removed, again in terms of nA and R.


d. (1 mark) Would either of these answers be different if both halves were initially


filled with gas A, at the original temperature, pressures and volumes?






(Total 12 marks) Paramagnetic salts obey Curie?s law, such that ? = ?T ?1 , where ? is


the magnetic susceptibility, defined as


? = limH?0










where M is the magnetization and H is the magnetic field strength, such that the magnetic


induction B = ?0 (H + M ), wher ?0 is the permeability of free space. Changes in the Gibbs


free energy for such a salt may be written as dG = ?SdT ? ?0 M V dH.


Consider a paramagnetic salt whose heat capacity at constant magnetic field strength, CH ,


scales as (? + ?H 2 )V T ?2 , where ? and ? are constants (with ? = ?T ). This salt is at an initial


temperature T1 and is placed in a magnetic field of strength H1 . The strength of the field is


reduced to zero via an adiabatic process.


a. (4 marks) Derive the Maxwell relation arising from the Gibbs free energy for this


system, and thereby show that








?0 V HT ??






?H S




?T H


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PHYS2002: Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics



Assignment 1b, Semester 1, 2016



b. (4 marks) Find the final temperature of the salt following the adiabatic demagnetization.


c. (4 marks) Describe, on a microscopic level, how the process of adiabatic demagnetization leads to a reduction in temperature. You may wish to refer to Gibbs?s expression for


the entropy. Discuss whether or not this process might be used to cool a salt all the way to 0 K,


and why.






(Total 20 marks)



a. (5 marks) Along a phase boundary the chemical potential of the two phases is


equal, such that ?1 (p, T ) = ?2 (p, T ). Starting from this equality, derive the Clausius-Clapeyron


equation for the gradient of the phase boundary in the p ? T plane, namely












T (V2 ? V1 )


where L is the latent heat, T is the temperature, and V is the volume of a given phase.


b. (4 marks) Show that along the phase equilibrium line between liquid and vapour,


the rate of change of latent heat with temperature, dL/dT , is given by








= + (Cp,v ? Cp,l ) ? (Vv ?p,v ? Vl ?p,l )T








where subscripts v and l mark the vapour and liquid phases, respectively, and ?p is the isobaric








?p =




?T p


c. (4 marks) Assuming that Vv >> Vl , and using the Clausius-Clapeyron equation and


the ideal gas equation, show that




= (Cp,v ? Cp,l ),




and hence derive an expression for L.


d. (4 marks) The saturated vapour of an incompressible liquid is expanded adiabatically. By considering S = S(T, p), show that for such an adiabatic expansion, we can write














T ?V


?T p


e. (3 marks) During this expansion, some liquid will condense out if dp/dT for the


expansion is shallower than the gradient of the phase boundary predicted in part (b). Show that


the condition for liquid to condense out is then




d L


Cp,l + T


< 0.


dT T


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