PHYS 302
Stat Mechanics & Thermodynamics Spring 2015
Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning
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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.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion, three hours per week; laboratory, three hours per week
Limit: 24
Expected: 15
Class#: 3578
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on weekly problem sets, exams, and labs, all of which have a substantial quantitative component
Prerequisites: required: PHYS 201, PHYS 210; recommended: PHYS 202, PHYS 301
Distributions: Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning
Attributes: BGNP Related Courses

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