University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Phys 5201.001

Thermal and Statistical Physics

Session: Fall 2018 (9/04-12/12)
Instructor: Joseph Kapusta (e-mail: kapusta @
Time: 1115 MWF
Location: Tate Hall B65

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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