May 19, 2024  
2022-2023 General/Graduate Catalog - Expires August 2028 
    
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PHYS 486 - Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics


The fundamental ideas of thermodynamics and of statistical mechanics are introduced and applied to classical and quantum systems. Topics include the meaning of temperature, work in thermodynamic systems, the Second Law of thermodynamics and its consequences, thermodynamic cycles, thermodynamic potentials, and the fundamentals of statistical mechanics using microcanonical, canonical, and grand canonical ensembles.

Prerequisites: Grades of ‘C’ or better in PHYS 351 - Modern Physics II ,  , PHYS 382 - Mathematical Physics Online , and MATH 264 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus III .

Pre- or corequisite: STAT 290 - Statistics .
Credit(s): 3
When Offered: Fall Only
Course Attribute(s):

  • Honors Scholar Course.



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