University of Calgary

PHYS 449 - Statistical Mechanics I - Fall 2023

State-counting; classical distributions and probability theory; origins and role of entropy; equilibrium; ensemble theory; concepts of work, heat, and temperature; equations of state; heat capacity; equipartition theorem; engines; laws of thermodynamics; non-equilibrium systems; Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution; thermodynamic potentials.
This course may not be repeated for credit.


  • H(3-1T)


  • Physics 229 or 325; and Mathematics 375 or 376; and either Physics 343 and Mathematics 367 or Physics Engineering 383.


This course will be offered next in Fall 2024.
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