Thermal and Statistical Physics

Monday, September 12, 2005

Lecture 6: Ideal Gas Law, Planck Blackbody Radiation

Deriving the ideal gas law. Equipartition Theorem. Entropy of Mixing.
Hot things glow -- or how night vision goggles work (Planck blackbody radiation). Analyzing star spectra. Class discussions: Mixing 2 colors of Kool-Aid, and how to make heavy Kool-Aid out of deuterated water. Why deuterated water can extend the snow skiing season, but is unfortunately toxic.

Lecture Audio