Jan 24, 2020  
College Catalog 2019-2020 
    
College Catalog 2019-2020

PHYS 468 - Statistical Mechanics


This course explores the equilibrium and kinetic properties of many-particle systems such as gases, liquids, and solids. The fundamental notions of entropy, temperature, and the Boltzmann relation are rigorously derived from statistical mechanics, and are used to develop other thermodynamic ideas such as chemical potential and free energy. The theory is applied to classical and quantum systems, including photon gases (black-body radiation), Bose-Einstein condensation, fermion systems such as metals and neutron stars, classical ideal gases, vibrations in solids (phonons), chemical reactions, semiconductors, and transport phenomena.  Three lectures per week. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 331  and MATH 237 . Spring semester. (4 Credits)