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PHYS 625 - Thermal & Statistical Physics

(3 units)
Statistical basis of thermodynamics. Applications to fundamental processes; entropy, distribution functions, classical and quantum gases, phase transformations, low temperature phenomena.

Grading Basis: Graded
Units of Lecture: 3
Offered: Every Fall

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. identify and describe the statistical nature of concepts and laws in thermodynamics, in particular: temperature, entropy, thermodynamic potentials, chemical potential, and partition functions.
2. apply the statistical physics methods, such as Boltzmann distribution, Gibbs distribution, and Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein distributions to solve problems in various physical systems.
3. use the principles of black-body radiation to analyze radiation phenomena in thermodynamic systems.
4. make connections between applications of general statistical theory in various areas of physics.


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