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At their most basic level, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics are
the sciences of equilibrium. Thermodynamics takes a
macroscopic, bulk point of view, whereas statistical mechanics
establishes the principles of equilibrium at the microscopic, molecular
level. This course will integrate both perspectives to
discuss the general features and properties of equilibrium, the
relationships and constraints among thermodynamic variables, and simple
models of gases, liquids, and solids. A strong emphasis will
be placed on understanding the relationship between macroscopic, bulk
behavior and molecular interactions.