University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Phys 5201.001

Thermal and Statistical Physics

Session: Fall 2015 (9/08-12/16)
Instructor: Jorge Vinals (e-mail: vinals @
Instructor: Chris Conklin (e-mail: conklin @
Time: 1030 TTh
Location: Physics & Nanotechnology 110
Office Hours:

TTh 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Class website:

Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics. General Principles of Statistical Mechanics: Ensembles. Derivation of Thermodynamics from statistical principles. Classical Systems. Quantum Statistical Mechanics: Fundamentals. Photons. Ideal Fermi & Bose Gases. Non-ideal gases. Introduction to Phase Transitions.

prereq: [[4101, 4201] or equiv] previous exposure to thermodynamics, introductory statistical physics

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