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PHYS515 — Spring 2022

PHYS515: Thermal and Statistical Physics

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Spring (starting in Spring 2011), Class 3, cr. 3


PHYS 310 and 344. Coreq. 360 and 330

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Equilibrium states, the concept of heat, and the laws of thermodynamics; the existence and properties of the entropy and free energies; different thermodynamic potentials and their uses; phase diagrams and phase transitions; introduction to statistical mechanics and its relation to thermodynamics; treatment of ideal gases.




Textbook(s) for Spring 2022

Title Author Edition ISBN Publisher Req/Opt Notes
Thermodynamics Enrico Fermi New Ed Edition; (June 1, 1956) 978-0486603612 Dover Publishing Optional Optional book
Introduction to Thermal Physics Daniel V. Schroeder 2nd 978-0201380279 Pearson Publishing Required

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