PHYS 302 Spring 2015 Stat Mechanics & Thermodynamics (Q)

Macroscopic objects are made up of huge numbers of fundamental particles interacting in simple ways--obeying the Schr├Ádinger equation, Newton's and Coulomb's Laws---and these objects can be described by macroscopic properties like temperature, pressure, magnetization, heat capacity, conductivity, etc. In this course we will develop the tools of statistical physics, which will allow us to predict the cooperative phenomena that emerge in large ensembles of interacting particles. We will apply those tools to a wide variety of physical questions, including the behavior of gasses, polymers, heat engines, magnets, and electrons in solids.
Class Format: lecture/discussion, three hours per week; laboratory, three hours per week
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on weekly problem sets, exams, and labs, all of which have a substantial quantitative component
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Prerequisites: required: PHYS 201, PHYS 210; recommended: PHYS 202, PHYS 301
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Divisional Attributes: Division III, Quantitative and Formal Reasoning
Other Attributes: BGNP Related Courses, MTSC Related Courses
Enrollment Limit: 24
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 3578
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PHYS 302 - 01 (S) LEC Stat Mechanics & Thermodynmcs (Q) Division 3: Science and MathematicsQuantitative and Formal Reasoning Daniel P. Aalberts
MWF 10:00 AM-10:50 AM 3578
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