Statistical Mechanics (Spring, 2013)

April 8, 2013

Professor Susskind presents the physics of temperature. Temperature is not a fundamental quantity, but is derived as the amount of energy required to add an incremental amount of entropy to a system.  As the energy of a system increases, the number of possible states of a system increases, which means that the entropy increases.  This is the concept behind the second law of thermodynamics, and implies that temperature is always positive.

Note: this lecture is only 1 hour long.