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33-765 Statistical Mechanics

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This course develops the methods of statistical mechanics and uses them to calculate observable properties of systems in thermodynamic equilibrium. Topics treated include the principles of classical thermodynamics, canonical and grand canonical ensembles for classical and quantum mechanical systems, partition functions and statistical thermodynamics, fluctuations, ideal gases of quanta, atoms and polyatomic molecules, degeneracy of Fermi and Bose gases, chemical equilibrium, ideal paramagnetics and introduction to simple interacting systems. 3 hrs. lecture, 1 hr. recitation. Typical Texts: Reif, Statistical and Thermal Physics; Pathria, Statistical Mechanics.

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  Spring 2005 times

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

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