PHYS 302
Stat Mechanics & Thermodynamics Spring 2019 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 Schrõdinger 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 gases, polymers, heat engines, biological and astrophysical systems, magnets, and electrons in solids.
The Class: Type: lecture/discussion, three hours per week; laboratory, three hours per week
Limit: 24
Expected: 15
Class#: 3769
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/MATH 210 or MATH 209; recommended: PHYS 202, PHYS 301
Distributions: Division III; Quantative/Formal Reasoning;
Attributes: BGNP Related Courses;

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