Description
PHILOSOPHY OF THERMODYNAMICS AND STATISTICAL MECHANICS
** available as of 06/30/2021
This course covers foundational issues in thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. Topics covered may include: the interpretation of the Laws of Thermodynamics, and of central concepts in thermodynamics like equilibrium and reversibility; the Boltzmannian and Gibbsian approaches to statistical mechanics; the relation between thermodynamics and statistical mechanics; the origin of time-asymmetry and irreversibility; Maxwell's demon. (Not all topics will be covered in all years.)
Details
Grading Basis
Grad LG/SNC Basis
Units
3
Offering
Course
HPS 2830
Academic Group
Dietrich Sch Arts and Sciences
Academic Organization
History & Philosophy of Sci
Campus
Pittsburgh Campus