Bilkent University     Department of Physics


Semester:Fall 2007
Instructor: Cemal Yalabik
Office: Room SA-228
Office Hours: wednesday12:40 - 13:30 Room SA-228
All other times (if available -
call 1316 to check)  
Room EA-G11
Assistant: Sinem Binicioglu Office: SA-239
Homework: Policy Assignments
Exams & Grading: (You can prepare notes on a single sheet of paper to bring to the exam.)
First Exam 25% 10:40, October 23 SA-Z19
Second Exam 25% 10:40, December 4 SA-Z19
Final Exam 35% ? ?
Course Schedule:
Tuesday 10:40 - 12:30Room SA-Z19
Friday 10:40 - 11:40Room SA-Z19
Statistical Mechanics by K. Huang

Homework for this week: There will be weekly homework assignments in this course. Homework is due on the Tuesday of the following week at 10:45, in class, before class starts.

You can view your grades through the Student BAIS system. You are also encouraged to discuss course related matters in the "student-forum" for this course at the same address.

Distribution functions and their transformations Non-equilibrium processes Basic thermodynamics, the concept of entropy The H-function
(No classes on Thursday and Friday) Boltzmann transport equation Review and First Exam Introductory transport theory
(No class on Monday) Classical statistical mechanics - the ensembles The partition function The equipartition theorem and other classical consequences Quantum statistical mechanics: the partition function Review and Second Exam
Week Subject Exam #1 #2 The Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein distributions The Wigner function
(No classes on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) Applications: The Ising model (Friday class only)
Applications: The Ising model