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- Averaging and statistics, elements of probability theory, thermodynamics versus statistical mechanics, classical thermodynamics, statistical ensembles in classical mechanics, the concept of ensemble and phase space, Liouville's theorem, Ergodic hypothesis in statistical mechanics, equal a priori probabilities in phase space, the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution law.
- Foundations of molecular thermodynamics, isolated assembly, assumptions in molecular thermodynamics, partition function, classical partition function, derivation of thermodynamic relations using partition functions.
- Molecular and assembly partition functions, localized and non-localized systems, the assembly of independent localized and non-localized systems, multiplication theorem for partition functions, the statistical interpretation of entropy.
- Molecular partition functions, classical molecular partition functions, the classical rotor, the classical harmonic oscillator, thermodynamic functions of the ideal assembly of localized and non-localized systems, applications in describing the behavior of gases, Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution law, velocity distributions, the pressure of an ideal gas.
- Chemical equilibrium, derivation of molecular thermodynamic equations from classical thermodynamics, the transition state theory, derivation, bimolecular collisions, rearrangements.
- Additional content for PhD students: Presentation of classic/new articles/ reviews/topics in statistical thermodynamics (experimental or theoretical with rigorous mathematical derivations) to prepare reports/term-papers or/and deliver presentations based on the assigned topics.

- D. A. McQuarrie, Statistical Mechanics, 1st Ed, Viva Books, India (2003).
- D. Chandler, Introduction to Modern Statistical Mechanics, 1st Ed, Oxford University Press, New York (1987).
- T. L. Hill, An Introduction to Statistical Thermodynamics, 1st Ed, Dover Publications, New York (1986).
- N. Laurendeau, Statistical Thermodynamics: Fundamentals and Applications, 1st Ed, Cambridge University Press, New York (2005).