# PHYS 406: Thermal Physics

**Term:** Spring

**Credits:** 4

**Degree Requirements:**

The study of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics from the unifying viewpoint of quantum theory. Topics include: Gibbs and Boltzmann factors; Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein distribution functions; temperature, pressure, and the monatomic ideal gas; thermodynamic potentials. Application of theory to metals, white dwarf stars, photons, and phonons will be considered. (Course offered Spring semester of odd numbered years.)

**Prerequisites:** Modern Physics Mathematical Methods of Physics,