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Energy in Thermal Physics Thermal Equilibrium PHYS 4050: Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics Prof. B. A. Foreman
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Motivation Thermodynamics deals with the properties of very large systems (typically containing 10 23 or more particles) Ultimately, we wish to explain these properties using microscopic physics and the statistical behavior of large numbers of particles First, however, we need to survey the basic concepts of macroscopic thermodynamics The most important of these are temperature, energy, heat, and work
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