|PHYS 552 - STATISTICAL PHYSICS|
|Office:||Room SA-228||Phone 1316|
|Office Hours:||Tuesdays||12:40 - 13:30||Room SA-228|
|All other times||(if available - call 1316 to check)|
|About the course:|
|This is the core Stat-Mech course in our graduate curriculum. We will follow the textbook quite closely for the early fundamental chapters, but the sequence and emphasis may vary in later chapters, where we will discuss more specialized topics.|
|Exams & Grading:||"Cheat sheets" will not be allowed during the exams,
but you will be provided with sufficient information for solving the
problems without memorization.
There is an attendance requirement for this course: A student may not miss more than 6 hours of class in order to pass the course. Further absences may be compensated by completing assignments which will take much longer time than the corresponding class time.
|First Exam||%||Thursday, October 27||8:40 - 10:30 (H-135)|
|Second Exam||%||Thursday, December 1||8:40 - 10:30 (H-135)|
|Final Exam||%||January ??||??:?? - ??:?? (?-???)|
|First meeting: Monday, Sept. 26, 10:40 - 12:30 in H-135
(H-building is the Humanities Building, across from the pool in front of the Science Building.)
|Mondays||10:40 - 12:30||Room H-135|
|Thursdays||9:40 - 10:30||Room H-135|
|Recitation:||Thursdays||8:40 -9:30||Room H-135|
|Equilibrium and Non-Equilibrium Statistical Thermodynamics by Le Bellac, Mortessagne and Batrouni|
You can view your grades through the Stars system.
|Week||Subject||ExamThermostatics Statistical Entropy and Boltzmann distribution Statistical Entropy and Boltzmann distribution Canonical and Grand Canonical Ensembles Canonical and Grand Canonical Ensembles||#1Critical phenomena Critical phenomena Quantum Statistics Quantum Statistics Non-equilibrium statistical mechanics||#2 Non-equilibrium statistical mechanics Irreversible processes: kinetic theory Irreversible processes: kinetic theory Irreversible processes: macroscopic theory|
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