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andresB

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Imho one should put thermodynamics and statistical physics (or rather substitute thermodynamics entirely by statistical physics) at the very end, when quantum-many-body theory is available to the students. This avoids a lot of the immense problems of classical statistical physics, which then can of course be derived from quantum statistical physics as an appropriate approximation.

Isn't that more or less the usual thing? I saw thermodynamics at the same time as QM II, and stat mechanics after that.

However, I don't see how a deep knowledge of QM is required for classical thermodynamics.