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Welcome to Physics/ECE 363, a
one-semester undergraduate introduction to thermal and statistical
physics. The course will discuss how to describe, classify, predict,
and use the macroscopic properties of equilibrium systems that
consist of many components such as molecules in a gas, atoms in a
crystal, photons in an opaque object, polymers in rubber, electrons in
a metal, spins in a magnet, and neutrons in a neutron star. The
subject is essential for nearly all areas of science and engineering,
and has found applications to many others areas such as biology,
computer science, mathematics, statistics, and the social sciences. It
is also one of the most relevant and useful of undergraduate physics
course for those interested in biology and biophysics.
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course announcements, the course syllabus, and other useful
material. In particular, please check
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reading assignments, homeworks, answers,and topics or talks
of special interest to the class.