Bilkent University     Department of Physics


Semester:Fall 2022
Instructor: Cemal Yalabik
Office: Room SA-228 Phone 1316
Office Hours: Fridays12:40 - 13:30 Room SA-228
All other times (if available - call 1316 to check)
Assistant: Ekrem Taha Güldeste
About the course:
This is one of the core courses in our graduate curriculum. The material in the indicated textbooks will closely be followed throughout the course.


Homework: Policy Assignments
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 or recitation 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.
The way I grade core graduate courses
First Exam % Tuesday, October 25 10:40 - 12:30 (SA-Z03)
Second Exam % Tuesday, November 29 10:30 - 12:20 (SA-Z03)
Final Exam % Thursday, December 29 9:00 - 12:00 (SA-Z19)
Homework %
Course Schedule:
First meeting: Thursday, Sept. 15, 15:30 - 17:20 in SA-Z03
Tuesdays  10:30 - 11:20Room SA-Z03
Thursdays 15:30 - 17:20Room SA-Z03
Recitation:Tuesdays  11:30 -  12:20Room SA-Z03
Statistical Mechanics by K. Huang
Statistical Physics of Particles M. Kardar
Statistical Physics of Fields M. Kardar

You can view your grades through the Stars system.

Basic thermodynamics, the concept of entropy
(Thursday class only) Classical statistical mechanics - the ensembles
Week (Monday) Subject Huang Kardar Exam Chapter 1 Chapter P1 Distribution functions and their transformations Chapter P2 Non-equilibrium processes Boltzmann transport equation Chapter 3 Chapter P3 The H-function Chapter 4 Chapter P3 Introductory transport theory Chapter 5 Chapter P3 First Exam
(No Thursday class)
#1 Chapter 6, 7 Chapter P4 The partition function Chapter 9 Quantum statistical mechanics: the Fermi Gas Chapter 8, 11 Chapter P6, P7 The Bose Gas Chapter 12 Chapter P7 Second Exam, The Ising model Chapter 14 Chapter F6 #2 Phase transitions and critical phenomena Chapter 16 Chapter F1 Scaling and renormalization Chapter 18 Chapter F4 Scaling and renormalization Chapter 18 Chapter F4