8.044 Statistical Physics I
Introduction to probability, statistical mechanics, and thermodynamics. Random variables, joint and conditional probability densities, and functions of a random variable. Concepts of macroscopic variables and thermodynamic equilibrium, fundamental assumption of statistical mechanics, microcanonical and canonical ensembles. First, second, and third laws of thermodynamics. Numerous examples illustrating a wide variety of physical phenomena such as magnetism, polyatomic gases, thermal radiation, electrons in solids, and noise in electronic devices. Concurrent enrollment in 8.04 is recommended.
8.044 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by R. Jaffe.
Lecture occurs 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in 6-120.
This class counts for a total of 12 credits.
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