Jan 19, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

PHYS 431 - Thermodynamics II


Prerequisites, MATH 350 , PHYS 430 . The course emphasizes that the combination of microscopic concepts with some statistical postulates leads readily to conclusions on a purely macroscopic level. First, basic probability concepts introduced and statistical methods used throughout all of physics. Statistical ideas are then applied to systems of particles in equilibrium to enhance an understanding of the basic notions of statistical mechanics, from which derive the purely macroscopic general statements of thermodynamics. (Offered spring semester.) 3 credits