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PHYS 732 - Statistical Mechanics

(3 units)
Ensembles, fluctuations and statistical basis of laws of thermodynamics. Distribution functions with application to cooperative phenomena, partition functions and quantum statistics.

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

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. demonstrate a working knowledge of statistical basis of thermodynamics.
2. demonstrate different statistical ensembles, their distribution functions, limits of applicability and the corresponding thermodynamic potentials.
3. apply the knowledge of statistical ensembles and partition functions to describe ideal Bose and Fermi systems and associated phenomena.
4. demonstrate awareness of the richness and complexity of statistical interpretation of interacting systems and phase transitions and of various approaches developed to explain them.


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