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Quantum and Thermal Physics

Official description

This course is taken by students of Engineering Science Division Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (FASE).

The first half of the semester will continue with the development of quantum mechanics. Topics will include Shrödinger's wave mechanics, tunneling, bound states in potential wells, the quantum oscillator, and atomic spectra.

The second half of the semester will give an introduction to the basic ideas of classical statistical mechanics.  Topics discussed are:  the ideal gas law, its microscopic understanding, energy equipartition, the postulate of statistical mechanics, and Maxwell-Boltzmann statistics.  Applications of these ideas to systems of many spins, oscillators, and particles will be considered in detail.

Recommended preparation

Additional information

The Lab Coordinator and the Course Coordinator are TBA.

course title
year of study
2nd year
time and location
38.4L: LEC0101: MRF5 or LEC0102: MRF3; Room: MP103 12.8P: W9-12/W2-5; Room: MP222 12.8T: M9/M2/T12/T1/T4/W9/W4/R12/R1/R2/R4
Course URL
practical coordinator
Russo, Matthew
Matthew Russo
Miller, R.J. Dwayne
R.J. Dwayne Miller
Poppitz, Erich
Erich Poppitz

Delivery Methods

In Person

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Online - Synchronous
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