Statistical and Thermal Physics

Statistical and Thermal Physics
Principles of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics, with applications.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesPHSCS 222 & MATH 303; or PHSCS 222 & MATH 334
 ProgramsContaining PHSCS 360
Course Outcomes


Use statistical arguments to explain thermodynamics from first principles, including heat flow and the increase of entropy. Apply these to solve quantitative problems in thermodynamics.

Equilibrium and Phase Transformations

Use thermodynamic potentials, e.g. the Helmholtz and Gibbs free energies, to predict equilibrium states in physical systems and predict phase transformations.

Explain Physical Phenomena

Use simple models to explain physical phenomena in a variety of systems, including: classical and quantum ideal gases, magnetic systems, solids.