## 8.044 Statistical Physics I, Spring 2003

##### Author(s)

Greytak, Thomas John, 1940-##### Alternative title

Statistical Physics I

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Introduction to probability, statistical mechanics, and thermodynamics. Random variables, joint and conditional probability densities, and functions of a random variable. Concepts of macroscopic variables and thermodynamic equilibrium, fundamental assumption of statistical mechanics, microcanonical and canonical ensembles. First, second, and third laws of thermodynamics. Numerous examples illustrating a wide variety of physical phenomena such as magnetism, polyatomic gases, thermal radiation, electrons in solids, and noise in electronic devices. Concurrent enrollment in 8.04 [Quantum Physics I] is recommended.

##### Date issued

2003-06##### Other identifiers

8.044-Spring2003

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##### Keywords

probability, statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, random variables, joint and conditional probability densities, functions of a random variable, macroscopic variables, thermodynamic equilibrium, fundamental assumption of statistical mechanics, microcanonical and canonical ensembles, second, magnetism, polyatomic gases, thermal radiation, electrons in solids, First, second, and third laws of thermodynamics, Statistical physics