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33-342 Thermal Physics II

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This course begins with a more systematic development of formal probability theory, with emphasis on generating functions, probability density functions and asymptotic approximations. Examples are taken from games of chance, geometric probabilities and radioactive decay. The connections between the ensembles of statistical mechanics (microcanonical, canonical and grand canonical) with the various thermodynamic potentials is developed for single component and multicomponent systems. Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein statistics are reviewed. These principles are then applied to applications such as electronic specific heats, Einstein condensation, chemical reactions, phase transformations, mean field theories, binary phase diagrams, paramagnetism, ferromagnetism, defects, semiconductors and fluctuation phenomena.

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  Spring 2005 times

Sec Time Day Instructor Location  
A 9:30 - 10:20 am M Nagle DH A200 Add course to my schedule
8:30 - 9:20 am M Nagle WEH 7316
9:30 - 10:20 am W Nagle DH A200
F Nagle DH A200

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