syllabus - PHYS-232 Heat and Waves Winter Semester 2008...

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PHYS-232 Heat and Waves Winter Semester 2008 Tuesday and Thursday, 8:35 a.m. - 9:55 a.m. Rutherford Physics 118 Course Outline . 1. Mathematical preliminaries: the harmonic and damped harmonic oscillators. Driven oscillators and resonance; coupled oscillators and amplitude modulation. 2. Introduction to wave phenomena: Traveling waves and speed of propagation. Direc- tion of propagation, longitudinal and transverse waves. Energy of a wave. 3. Waves at interfaces: reflection and refraction. 4. Wave phenomena: stationary waves, normal modes, and interference. Dispersion. 5. Introduction to Thermodynamics: temperature and heat. Thermal expansion, heat capacity, and heat transfer. 6. Thermodynamic system, energy, work, and first law of Thermodynamics. 7. Thermodynamic processes and heat engines. 8. Reversible and irreversible processes. Entropy and second law of Thermodynamics. Equilibrium states. Equations of state, and thermodynamic potentials. 9. Kinetic Theory of gases. Ideal gas, equipartition of energy. Mean free path and
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course PHYS 232 taught by Professor Vinals during the Winter '08 term at McGill.

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syllabus - PHYS-232 Heat and Waves Winter Semester 2008...

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