Physics 4302(Statistical & Thermal Physics) Lectures Topics inReif, Chapter 2:Statistical
Description of Systems of Particles
This is an introduction to the Microscopic & Macroscopic Physics of Many Particle Systems.
A goal of the chapter is to introduce concepts & terminology which are needed for the rest of the course. Microscopic physics is discussed first & macroscopic physics is discussed late in the chapter. Some concepts seem very abstract at first. The discussion will become more concrete as the course proceeds. However, the mathematics needed to understand this material is not at a very high level. The most important results are emphasized & detailed derivations will not be discussed.