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Statistical mechanics is a branch of physics that applies probability theory to the study of the thermodynamic behavior of systems composed of a large number of particles. Statistical mechanics provides a framework for relating the microscopic properties of individual atoms and molecules to the macroscopic bulk properties of materials that can be observed in everyday life. Thus it explains thermodynamics as a result of the classical and quantum-mechanical descriptions of statistics and mechanics at the microscopic level.

Topics covered

Entropy,
Boltzmann Distribution,
Second Law of Thermodynamics,
Phase Transformation,
Harmonic Oscillators,
Conservation of Information,
Ideal Gases
Course level

Advanced Undergraduate

Course material

7 lecture videos

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