This is the standard Junior-SeniorStatistical & Thermal Physicscourse for Physics majors.
other areas (math, engineering,
chemistry) sometimes take it & are welcome.
A knowledge of vector
calculus & differential equationsis assumed!
A knowledge of the mathematics
of probability & statistics would be nice, but isn't
required. We'll spend a few lectures at the beginning introducing the
needed concepts. A
knowledge of elementary
Thermodynamics & Classical Mechanics (at the level
1408) is assumed.A knowledge of elementary quantum
mechanics(at the level
is a Junior/Seniorcourse!!
text is at a
level somewhere between some undergraduate & some graduate
math in the text can be tedious. Agoalis
to emphasize physical
understanding over math. I'll often skip math details
in favor of discussing physics. This ISN'T
a math course. If there is amath point
you don't understand,pleaseask me about it & read
about it on your own!It isimportant that you not let the math get
head to the extent that you lose sight