PS 212

PS 212 Statistical Mechanics (3 units)

This course involves a comprehensive discussion on both classical and quantum statistical mechanics. In particular, the topics covered are kinetic theory, transport phenomena, microcanonical, canonical and grand canonical ensembles, application to the ideal Fermi gas and the Bose gas, theory of fluctuations and non-linearities.

Prerequisite: PS 113

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