PHYS 302 Spring 2013 Stat Mechanics & Thermodynamics (Q)

Properties like temperature, pressure, magnetization, heat capacity, conductivity, etc describe the material world. Macroscopic objects are made up of huge numbers of fundamental particles interacting in simple ways--obeying the Schr?dinger equation, Newton's and Coulomb's Laws. 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: Physics 201, Physics 210; recommended: Physics 202, Physics 301
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Divisional Attributes: Division III, Quantitative and Formal Reasoning
Other Attributes: BGNP Related Courses, MTSC Related Courses
Enrollment Limit: none
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 3213
PHYS302-01(S) LEC Stat Mechanics & Thermodynmcs (Q) Division 3: Science and MathematicsQuantitative and Formal Reasoning Frederick W. Strauch
TR 11:20 AM-12:35 PM Physics 205 3213
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