Additional Syllabus Information for PH465
Course Catalog description
PH 465. Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics (3). Application of statistical methods to explain the laws of thermodynamics. Includes discussion of temperature, multiplicity of states, entropy, Boltzmann factors, and the partition function, applied to systems including ideal gases, quantum gases, and solids.
Student Learning Outcomes
After the successful completion of this course, a student should be able to:
- Explain and apply probability distribution functions.
- State the fundamental postulates of statistical mechanics.
- Explain what is meant by thermal equilibrium, chemical equilibrium, temperature, and entropy.
- Derive the equations of state and calculate the specific heat and other thermodynamic quantities for ideal gases and solids.
- Describe the cycle of a heat engine and calculate its efficiency and other thermodynamic quantities.
- Write the partition function for a system and calculate the thermodynamic properties of the system from it.
- Derive the equipartition theorem, explain what it means, and apply it to calculations of thermodynamic quantities.
- Derive the Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac distributions, explain what they mean, and apply them to calculations of thermodynamic quantities.
Successful completion of this course contributes to the following Departmental Learning Outcomes:
- Knowledge of the fundamental principles of analytical mechanics, special relativity, electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, and statistical mechanics.
- Ability to apply the principles of physics to solve qualitative and quantitative problems using both analytical and computational methods.
Attendance at every course meeting is expected. Activities completed in class will affect the participation category of the course grade, and may not be completed late in the case of an unexcused absence.
Excused absence policy
Excused absences will be granted in compliance with Regis College policies. Graded work that is missed due to medical or University-sanctioned athletics will be excused, but you remain responsible for the material missed.
If unforeseen circumstances occur, and a student is unable to complete the required work for the course, an “Incomplete” grade may be submitted. A request must be made in writing and approved by the instructor. The request will include a timeline and plan for completing the work. The incomplete grade will reflect the grade earned in the course to this point ( an “I” with whatever grade earned, including the missing work: an IF or ID or IC) and will only change when the plan is completed. Please see the University Catalog for more of the full policy: “A grade of an Incomplete or “I” denotes that the required work for the course is incomplete due to unforeseen circumstances” (emphasis added), which means “an accident, an illness, a death or major life transaction has occurred.”
The add/drop deadline is January 21. The withdrawal deadline is April 5. Midterm grades are due March 12.
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Academic integrity violations
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It is the responsibility of each student to review all aspects of the course syllabus and agree to adhere to the Academic Honor Code. In doing so, the student acknowledges that the work represented in all examinations and other assignments is his or her own and that he or she has neither given nor received unauthorized information. Furthermore, the student agrees not to divulge the contents of any examination or assignment to another student in this or ensuing semesters.
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In the event that you choose to write or speak about having survived sexualized violence, including rape, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking and specify that this violence occurred while you were a Regis student, federal and state education laws require that, instructors notify the Regis University Title IX Coordinator, Michelle Spradling. She will contact you to let you know about accommodations and support services at Regis and requirements for holding accountable the person who harmed you. To learn more about Title IX, explicitly at Regis, go to http://www.regis.edu/About-Regis-University/University-Offices-and-Services/Campus-Safety/Title-IX.aspx
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