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PHYS 334. Thermal Physics

Credits: 3
Department: Physics
Description: Laws of thermodynamics and Applications. Microscopic descriptions of many-particle systems. Statistical (ensemble) mechanics connecting individual particle dynamics to bulk thermal properties of matter. Classical and quantum mechanical effects. Terrestrial and astrophysical applications.
Prerequisites: PHYS 235, MATH 222
Corequisites: PHYS 328
Semester Offered: Even Fall
Grading Method: ABCDF
Additional Information: This change in rubric and title will bring the course in line with what is actually taught. It will clarify transcript information as well.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Apply laws of thermodynamics (zero-th, first and second laws) to practical problems in order to establish (i.e. calculate) relationships amongst macroscopic thermodynamic variables.
2. Make connections between microscopic states of systems and macroscopic states which determine thermal physics observables.
3. Describe thermodynamic processes and cycles and then solve problems relating to efficiencies.

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