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PHYS 304: Thermal Physics

(3-0) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: PHYS 222 or (PHYS 232 and PHYS 232L) or PHYS 242, MATH 266 or MATH 267
Concepts of temperature, entropy, and other characteristic thermodynamic functions, with application to macroscopic properties of matter. The laws of thermodynamics. Introduction to statistical mechanics, including quantum statistics. Application to black body radiation, crystalline vibrations, magnetic ions in solids, electronic heat capacity of metals. Phase transformations and chemical reactions.