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PHYS 462. Thermal and Statistical Physics. 3 Credits.

Classical postulates and laws of thermodynamics; cyclic processes and entropy; thermodynamic potentials, equilibrium, stability, and phase transitions; Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution, applications to classical gases and magnets; quantum statistics, Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac distributions, applications to quantum gases. Prereq: PHYS 350. {Also offered for graduate credit - see PHYS 662.}.


Program Description The Department of Physics offers graduate study leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. Advanced work may involve specialized training in the following areas: biophysics, computational physics, condensed matter, nanomaterials, physics education research, polymer physics, soft matter physics, and statistical mechanics. Research and academic programs are tailored to meet individual needs and interests. New students are strongly urged to visit faculty members to discuss research opportunities soon after their arrival. Admissions Requirements The Department of Physics graduate program is open to all qualified graduates of universities and colleges of recognized standing. Financial Assistance Prospective students must apply to the Graduate School and be accepted in full or conditional status before being eligible for an assistantship in the Department of Physics. Generally, graduate students are supported during the academic year by either teaching assistantships or research assistantships. The 2023-2024 academic year stipend is $19,500 for 9 months. Additional support during the summer is also possible. In addition to the stipend, graduate assistants receive a graduate tuition waiver.  T uition waiver s cover base tuition for NDSU graduate credits only. Students are responsible for differential tuition, student fees, and tuition for non-graduate level credits taken or Cooperative Education credits.