Quantum and Thermal Physics
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)']
Dr. Matt Russo is the Lab Coordinator and the Course Coordinator.
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- year of study
- 2nd year
- time and location
24L: LEC010: M11/R11/T12, LEC0102: M10/T11/R3, LEC9101: W4/R5, LEC9102: M10/T11/R3, On line Synchronous PRA: W9-12/W1-4, On line Synchronous, Once every two weeks TUT: T3/R3/T1/W3/W12/M4/T12/M3; On line Synchronous
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