PHY252H1: Thermal Physics

Hours: 
24L/12T

The quantum statistical basis of macroscopic systems; definition of entropy in terms of the number of accessible states of a many particle system leading to simple expressions for absolute temperature, the canonical distribution, and the laws of thermodynamics. Specific effects of quantum statistics at high densities and low temperatures.

Corequisite: 
Distribution Requirements: 
Science
Breadth Requirements: 
The Physical and Mathematical Universes (5)