PHYS-254 Statistical and Solid State Physics
The topics to be covered will be chosen from thermodynamics, entropy and temperature; thermodynamic potentials and Maxwell relations; the statistical basis of entropy; ideal Fermi, Bose, photon, and phonon gases; phase transformations; elementary kinetic theory; applications relating macroscopic phenomena to microscopic behavior; crystallography; analyses of the structural, thermal, electrical, and magnetic properties of solids; metals, semiconductors, and superconductors. Prerequisites: PHYS-150 and either PHYS-217 or -253, or permission of the instructor.
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