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Second Lecture Advanced Statistical Mechanics 2012

To start with, I was pleasantly surprized with a number of students attending. It was the same as at the first lecture. I think I did not manage to explain last time how difficult the course is.

We went through the rest of thermodynamics rather quickly: even I had to make a break five minutes ahead of time. I got a resonable feedback. I was caught with minus sign and my unability to make a distinction between the work extracted from the system and put into the system. Otherwise, the presentation of thermodynamic potentials was better than a year ago.

Second half was the intro into probability. I guess my introductory story was too much aside the subject and was difficult to follow. I must devise something better. It was also long, so I had a time problem in the end and could not talk about Lagrange multipliers. Pity, I will have to do them next time without much preparation.

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