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PHYS 320 Thermal Physics (4)

A study of systems with a large number of particles through the methods of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. Topics include the laws of thermodynamics, temperature, heat, thermal equilibrium, equipartition theorem, ideal gas, simple two state systems, entropy, heat engines, free energies, phase transformations, kinetic theory, partition functions, quantum statistics, degenerate Fermi gases, Bose-Einstein condensates, and blackbody radiation.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Natural Sciences
  • Prerequisite: PHYS 223 and MATH 152
  • Offering: Alternate falls
  • Instructor: Borrero

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