PH4413/6413 - Thermal Physics

Catalog Data

Three hours lecture. Thermodynamics, kinetic theory, classical and quantum statistical mechanics. Applications to low temperature physics, solid-state physics and plasma physics.

Prerequisites By Topic

PH 3613 AND MA 2743(Calculus 4)


To improve the student's understanding of classical thermodynamics, which deals with relations among the macroscopic properties of systems, without regard to the mechanisms behind them. 2. To aquaint you with quantum statistical physics which shows how the macroscopic relations of thermodynamics are dictated by the statistics of the microscopic constituents of the systems.

Topics Covered

  1. The First Law of Thermodynamics
  2. The Second Law of Thermodynamics
  3. Paramagnetism
  4. Heat Capacity of Solids
  5. Perfect Classical gases
  6. Phase Equilibria
  7. Perfect Quantal gases
  8. Black-Body Radiation
  9. Systems with Variable Particle Numbers