Physics 510:  Statistical Mechanics    -------

Course Description
Course Outline
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Course Description: Physics 510 is a graduate course on Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics. These two subjects provide simple and powerful tools to study complex systems (with very many degrees of freedom). The results have very broad applications, widely used throughout science and engineering.

a one semester course in statistical mechanics and thermodynamics is required.
If you have not taken this course, then it will be necessary to first complete Physics 406, and then afterwards take Physics 510 (which assumes a prior knowledge of Physics 406 material). Other undergraduate courses in physics are a prerequisite for taking this graduate course (e.g., standard two semesters of quantum mechanics, mathematical methods, E&M, etc.).

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Recommended Books
R K Pathria, Statistical Mechanics, 2nd edition, Butterworth-Heinemann, 1996.
W. Greiner, L. Neise, and H. Stvcker: Thermodyamics and Statistical Mechanics. Springer-Verlag, New York 1995.

Other good books :
M. Toda, R. Kubo, and H. Saito, Statistical Physics, 2nd edition, Springer-Verlag.
M. Plischke and B. Bergensen, Equilibrium Statistical Physics, 2nd edition, World-Scientific.

Instructor:  Franco Nori, Physics Department.

Class meets:   M-W-F  9-10am.   Office hours: M-W-F, 10-11am.

Course Outline:
Elements of Ensemble Theory
Canonical Ensemble
Grand Canonical Ensemble
Quantum Statistics
Ideal Bose and Fermi Systems and Applications
Phase transitions

Required assignments:   regular homework assignments and quizzes.

Related Links   
Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics Educational Sites (An excellent collection of links)

Aditional Sites:
Interactive computer experiment of a Molecular Model for an Ideal Gas. Experiment with it!

Heat Lecture demonstrations.
Statistics for Physicists, Monte Carlo methods, Computational Physics
Molecular Dynamics Simulations
World Lecture Hall

More Web Resources
Books on Statistical Mechanics
Physics Web resources

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