This course will introduce the properties of energy in its various forms as well as other thermodynamic properties of systems from both macroscopic and microscopic viewpoints. Course topics include thermal equilibrium, equivalence of heat and work, laws of thermodynamics, thermodynamic potentials, entropy, phase changes, adiabatic lapse rate, heat engines, Carnot cycles, efficiency, equations of state, van der Waals fluids, fundamentals of statistical mechanics, equipartition, ensemble averaging, Boltzmann statistics, interacting systems, and chemical thermodynamics.
MATH 230 and PHYS 203
PHYS 300 is an approved Science and Technology course for Cap Core requirements.
PHYS 300 is an approved Science course. PHYS 300 is an approved Quantitative/Analytical course for baccalaureate degrees.