Stat Mech & Thermodynam Semester: Spring Year: 2013 Subject Name: Physics Course Number: 230 Institution: Amherst College The basic laws of physics governing the behavior of microscopic particles are in certain respects simple. They give rise both to complex behavior of macroscopic aggregates of these particles, and more remarkably, to a new kind of simplicity. Thermodynamics focuses on the simplicity at the macroscopic level directly, and formulates its laws in terms of a few observable parameters like temperature and pressure. Statistical Mechanics, on the other hand, seeks to build a bridge between mechanics and thermodynamics, providing in the process, a basis for the latter, and pointing out the limits to its range of applicability. Statistical Mechanics also allows one to investigate, in principle, physical systems outside the range of validity of Thermodynamics. After an introduction to thermodynamic laws, we will consider a microscopic view of entropy, formulate the kinetic theory, and study several pertinent probability distributions including the classical Boltzmann distribution. Relying on a quantum picture of microscopic laws, we will study photon and phonon gases, chemical potential, classical and degenerate quantum ideal gases, and chemical and phase equilibria. Three class hours per week. Requisite: PHYS 225 or consent of the instructor. Spring semester. Professor Hanneke. Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only. Schedule #: PHYS-230-01-1213S Course Sections Year - Any -201720162015201420132012 Term - Any -FallSpring Subject Course Number Institution - Any -Amherst CollegeHampshire CollegeMount Holyoke CollegeSmith CollegeUMass Amherst Section Number Stat Mech & Thermodynam Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location 01 4.0 David Hanneke dhanneke@amherst.edu MWF 09:00AM-09:50AM MERR 211