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Cornell University    
  Feb 19, 2018
Courses of Study 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PHYS 3341 - [Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics]

Fall. Next offered 2017-2018. 4 credits.

Prerequisite: PHYS 2214  or PHYS 2218 PHYS 3316 ; and MATH 2940  or MATH 2210  or MATH 2230  or MATH 2310 . Students should enroll in AEP 4230  for FA 2016 as an alternative course.


Covers thermal physics, developing both thermodynamics and statistical mechanics simultaneously. Covers concepts of temperature, laws of thermodynamics, entropy, thermodynamic relations, and free energy. Applications to phase equilibrium, multicomponent systems, chemical reactions, and thermodynamic cycles. Application of statistical mechanics to physical systems, and introduction to treatment of Maxwell-Boltzmann, Bose-Einstein, and Fermi-Dirac statistics with applications. Elementary transport theory. At the level of Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics by Reif.

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