8.044 Statistical Physics I, Spring 2008
Statistical Physics I
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This course offers an introduction to probability, statistical mechanics, and thermodynamics. Numerous examples are used to illustrate a wide variety of physical phenomena such as magnetism, polyatomic gases, thermal radiation, electrons in solids, and noise in electronic devices.
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, First, second, and third laws of thermodynamics, magnetism, polyatomic gases, hermal radiation, thermal radiation, electrons in solids, and noise in electronic devices, First, second, and third laws of thermodynamics, Statistical physics