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as of 6/30/2022

STATISTICAL MECHANICS AND FOUNDATIONS OF QUANTUM MECHANICS
Country - Partner Institution - Programs: Netherlands - University College, Utrecht - 'Univ. College Utrecht'
UC Course SubjectPhysics
Number & Suffix: 135
Full UC Title: STATISTICAL MECHANICS AND FOUNDATIONS OF QUANTUM MECHANICS 
Transcript Title: QUANTUM MECHANICS 
UC QTR Units - Division: 6.0 - Upper Division 
Course Description: In this course students learn how to formulate the statistical description of a gas in thermodynamic equilibrium as a system of many weakly interacting particles. From this formalism, when applied to simple systems, students derive some well-known empirical thermodynamic laws relating quantities such as temperature and pressure, known as equation of states and Maxwell relations. The course introduces the concept of entropy and its relation to the famous second principle of thermodynamics. Entropy is discussed from its original introduction in the study of the Carnot cycle to its probabilistic definition introduced half a century later by Boltzmann. The last part of the course introduces quantum mechanics starting from its postulates and shown how to arrive at the well-known Heisenberg uncertainty relations. This approach is used to study simple systems. The course also discusses why the quantum mechanical description of the physical world provides a more well defined way of applying the formalism of statistical mechanics to nature. Prerequisites for this course are calculus, linear algebra, and relativistic and classical physics. 
Language of Instruction: English
 
Partner Title: STATISTICAL MECHANICS AND FOUNDATIONS OF QUANTUM MECHANICS 
Partner University Department: Physics 
Partner University Course Number: UCSCIPHY25