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PHYS416 — Fall 2023

PHYS416: Thermal and Statistical Physics (Honors) (PAST/FUTURE SEMESTER)

Fall, Class 4, cr. 4

Admission by special permission
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Thermal equililbrium, first, second and third laws of thermodynamics. Entropy. Statistical concepts of thermal physics. Microcanonical and canonical ensembles. Classical and quantum ideal gases. Chemical reactions, phase equilibria and critical phenomena.



Textbook(s) for Fall 2023

Title Author Edition ISBN Publisher Req/Opt Notes
Statistical and Thermal Physics Harvey Gould,Jan Tobochnik 56946th 9780691137445 Princeton University Press Required
Statistical Mechanics: Entropy, Order Parameters, and Complexity James Sethna 9780198865254 Oxford University Press, USA Optional

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