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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
                            ['Required:', '1.  An Introduction to Thermal Physics by Daniel V. Schroeder', '2.  Quantum Mechanics, 6th edition by Alastair I.M. Rae (paperback)', 'Recommended for labs:', '1.  Data Reduction and Error Analysis for the Physical Sciences by Philip R. Bevington and D. Keith Robinson (PDF downloadable)']

Additional information

Dr. Matt Russo is the Lab Coordinator and the Course Coordinator.

The PHY294H1S Labs Homepage:

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year of study
2nd year
time and location
24L: LEC0101: W4 - Room: MP102, R5 - Room: MP103, W5 - Room MP202; In Person LEC0102: T11-Room: MP103, R3-Room: MP103, M10-Room: MP202; In Person LEC9101: W4, R5, On Line Synchronous LEC09102: M10, T11, R3, On line Synchronous PRA: W9-12/W1-4 Room: MP 222, In Person, Once every two weeks PRA: W9-12/W1-4, On line Synchronous, Once every two weeks TUT: T3/R3/T1/W3/W12/M4/T12/M3; In Person T3/R3/T1/W3/W12/M4/T12/M3; On line Synchronous
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Delivery Methods

In Person

A course is considered In Person if it requires attendance at a specific location and time for some or all course activities.*.

* Subject to adjustments imposed by public health requirements for physical distancing.

Online - Synchronous
A course is considered Online Synchronous if online attendance is expected at a specific time for some or all course activities, and attendance at a specific location is not expected for any activities or exams.
A course is considered Asynchronous if it has no requirement for attendance at a specific time or location for any activities or exams.