PHYS 013. Thermodynamics / Statistical Mechanics


A half-semester introductory course in thermal and statistical physics. Topics include energy, heat, work, entropy, temperature (the First, Second and "Third" Laws of Thermodynamics), heat capacity, ideal gases, paramagnetism, phase transitions, and the chemical potential. This course serves as a prerequisite for PHYS 114  and for PHYS 135 .
Prerequisite: single-variable calculus (MATH 025  or MATH 026 ); may be taken as a corequisite with permission of the instructor.
This class has a weekly laboratory requirement.
0.5 credit.
Spring 2019. Smith, H.
Spring 2020. Staff.
Spring 2021. Staff.
Catalog chapter: Physics and Astronomy  
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/physics-astronomy


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