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This course offers an introduction to probability, statistical mechanics, and thermodynamics.

Numerous examples are used to illustrate a wide variety of physical phenomena such as magnetism, polyatomic gases, thermal radiation, electrons in solids, and noise in electronic devices.

This course is an elective subject in MIT’s undergraduate Energy Studies Minor. This Institute-wide program complements the deep expertise obtained in any major with a broad understanding of the interlinked realms of science, technology, and social sciences as they relate to energy and associated environmental challenges.

Course Curriculum

  • Probability Notes, Chapter 1, One Random Variable Unlimited
  • Probability Notes, Chapter 2, Two Random Variables Unlimited
  • Probability Notes, Chapter 3, Functions of a Random Variable Unlimited
  • Probability Notes, Chapter 4, Sums of Random Variables Unlimited
  • Thermodynamic Systems Definitions Unlimited
  • Development and Use of the Microcanonical Ensemble Unlimited
  • Development and Use of the Microcanonical Ensemble (Cont) Unlimited
  • Development and Use of the Microcanonical Ensemble Unlimited
  • Interstitial Atoms: An example using the Microcanonical Ensemble Example Unlimited
  • Notes on the Derivation and Use of the Maxwell Relations Unlimited
  • Notes on the Derivation of the Canonical Ensemble Unlimited
  • Development and Use of the Microcanonical Ensemble (Cont) Unlimited
  • Development and Use of the Microcanonical Ensemble Unlimited
  • Notes on the Indistinguishable Particle Effects in Rotational Raman Scattering Unlimited
  • An Example of Quantum Statistics in a Two Particle System Unlimited

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