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PHYS0350

Statistical Mechanics

Statistical Mechanics
The course opens with a review of classical thermodynamics and continues with an examination of the fundamental concepts of probability, statistics, and distribution functions. These topics are followed by in-depth discussion of the concepts of energy, energy quantization, and the application of these concepts to the modeling of macroscopic systems. The remainder of the course is a study of statistical mechanics and its application to a variety of classical and quantum systems. Topics covered include statistical thermodynamics, Maxwellian distributions, imperfect gases, equipartition theorem, quantum statistics, heat capacities of solids, electromagnetic radiation, and ideal quantum gases. (PHYS 0202 and PHYS 0212) 3 hrs. lect.
Subject:
Physics
Department:
Physics
Division:
Natural Sciences
Requirements Fulfilled:
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Sections

Fall 2013

PHYS0350A-F13 Lecture (Dunham)

Fall 2011

PHYS0350A-F11 Lecture (Graham)

Spring 2010

PHYS0350A-S10 Lecture (Graham)

Spring 2008

PHYS0350A-S08 Lecture (Ratcliff)

Spring 2007

PHYS0350A-S07 Lecture

Spring 2006

PHYS0350A-S06 Lecture (Graham)

Spring 2005

PHYS0350A-S05 Lecture (Graham)