PHYS 652 - Advanced Statistical Mechanics |
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Semester: | Fall 2012 | ||
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Instructor: | Cemal Yalabik | ||
Office: | Room SA-228 | ||
Office Hours: | Wednesday | 10:40 - 11:30 | Room SA-228 |
All other times | (if available - call 1316 to check) | Room EA-G11 | |
Assignments: | Assignments | ||
Course Schedule: | |||
Tuesday | 10:40 -12:30 | Room SA-Z19 | |
Wednesday | 9:40 - 10:30 | Room SA-Z02 | |
Recommended Prerequisite: | |||
Phys 552 or equivalent graduate course on Statistical Mechanics. |
Grading will be based on a number of projects assigned during the course. The projects will involve computer implementations of the methods discussed in class as well as independent study of a number of topics. (Topics will be suggested by the students.)
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*K. G. Wilson, in Renormalization Group Methods, in Advances in Mathematics, 16, 170 (1975).
"It (RG) is at present an approach of last resort, to be used only when all other approaches have been tried and discarded. The reason for this is that it is rather difficult to formulate RG methods for new problems; in fact the RG approach generally seems as hopeless as any other approach until someone succeeds in solving the problem by RG approach."