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by Kerson Huang
This course offers an introduction to probability, statistical mechanics, and thermodynamics. Specific topics in probability include random variables, joint and conditional probability densities, and functions of a random variable. Concepts in statistical mechanics include macroscopic variables and thermodynamic equilibrium, fundamental assumptions of statistical mechanics, and microcanonical and canonical ensembles. Also covered are the 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 are discussed.
Problem sets are due as indicated on the calendar. The homework contributes 20% toward the final grade. One of the 11 problem set grades, the lowest, will be dropped at the end of the term.
There will be two exams during the term given during the lecture times. Each contributes 20% toward the final grade. There will be a three hour final exam during the spring exam period. It will constitute 40% of the grade.
|Midterms @ 20% each||40|