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PHYS 312 - Statistical and Thermal Physics (4)

Survey of classical thermodynamics and introduction to the theory of equilibrium statistical mechanics in three different ensembles: microcanonical, canonical, and grand canonical. Applications include ideal and real gases, Maxwell-Boltzmann, Bose-Einstein, and Fermi-Dirac statistics, blackbody radiation, specific heats, magnetic systems, and phase transitions. Prerequisites: PHYS 240 and MATH 211; corequisite: PHYS 371