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8.08 Statistical Physics II

As taught in: Spring 2005

A series of blue boxes representing the total numbers of states in a combined system.

Graphical representation of the total numbers of states in a combined system with with energies E1 and E2 in the two sub systems. The total energy E1+E2 is fixed. (Image courtesy of Prof. Xiao-Gang Wen.)

Level:

Undergraduate

Instructors:

Prof. Xiao-Gang Wen

Course Features

Course Description

This course covers probability distributions for classical and quantum systems. Topics include: Microcanonical, canonical, and grand canonical partition-functions and associated thermodynamic potentials. Also discussed are conditions of thermodynamic equilibrium for homogenous and heterogenous systems.

The course follows 8.044, Statistical Physics I, and is second in this series of undergraduate Statistical Physics courses.