PHYS 310 Introduction to Thermal Physics

John Gizis

General overview of thermal phenomena. Provides detailed treatment of the First Law of Thermodynamics. Introduces concepts of micro- and macro-states, and entropy and the Second Law are treated within a statistical context. First and second laws are applied to power and refrigeration cycles. The concept of free energies and their connection to phase transitions is developed. Finishes with brief introduction to Boltzmann factor and partition function.