### There is no place for Thermodynamics in graduate schools?

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**Wed May 16, 2007 12:17 pm**Hi.

When I read through the course scontent of a graduate school, I couldn't find any Thermodynamic course there, the closest I find is Statistical Mechanics. Is this common?

Is it true what other students say, that Thermodynamics is too smple a subject to be taught in graduate schools (just like they don't teach arithmatic in high school)? A first few semesters in undergraudate years should be able to cover the essential principles of thermdynamics?

I read mechanical engineering during my undergraduate years and it seems that now I will have difficulty studying physics at the graduate level since there is no deeper concepts in Thermodyanamics, as compard to graduates of electrical or computer engineering, they seem to have a advantage than me in reading physics at the graudate level, as Electrodynamics and Computational Maths are still taught at that level.

The same fate for Classical Mechanics too, the challenges of solving many mind provoking problems of mechanics seem to vanish in grauduate school, it doesn't offer classical mechanics too, only quantum mechanics (and lots of hours of it) and advance dynamics where it deals with hamitonian, Lagrangian etc.

Any views?

When I read through the course scontent of a graduate school, I couldn't find any Thermodynamic course there, the closest I find is Statistical Mechanics. Is this common?

Is it true what other students say, that Thermodynamics is too smple a subject to be taught in graduate schools (just like they don't teach arithmatic in high school)? A first few semesters in undergraudate years should be able to cover the essential principles of thermdynamics?

I read mechanical engineering during my undergraduate years and it seems that now I will have difficulty studying physics at the graduate level since there is no deeper concepts in Thermodyanamics, as compard to graduates of electrical or computer engineering, they seem to have a advantage than me in reading physics at the graudate level, as Electrodynamics and Computational Maths are still taught at that level.

The same fate for Classical Mechanics too, the challenges of solving many mind provoking problems of mechanics seem to vanish in grauduate school, it doesn't offer classical mechanics too, only quantum mechanics (and lots of hours of it) and advance dynamics where it deals with hamitonian, Lagrangian etc.

Any views?