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Heat and Thermodynamics

Course Number: 
PHY-308
Minimum Credits: 
4
A study of temperature, heat and work, the laws of thermodynamics, entropy, the Carnot cycle, and introduction to statistical mechanics. Experimental work in selected areas is performed. Completing the course allows the student to describe important definitions and relationships for each of the topics covered, discuss experimental evidence for each relationship or law, design and carry out experiments in selected areas, and do calculations involving theoretical relationships studied. Prerequisite: Physics 107, 108 (or 201,202); Mathematics 235, 236, 237, 238, or permission. Offered alternate years.