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General: This course is part one of a two-term course on Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics. The first term (PH 641, this course) provides a thorough introduction to thermodynamics and both classical and quantum statistical mechanics. The pace will be brisk, but no prior exposure to thermophysics topics are assumed as student backgrounds vary greatly. Examples will be taken from a broad range of topics and disciplines: physics, chemistry, biology, cosmology, materials science and more.
The second part (Spring 2021) will cover both foundations and advanced topics: examples of possible topics are critical phenomena, correlations and fluctuations, non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, and renormalization group theory.
Class times: MWF 11:00 - 11:50
Locations: MF in 212 Weniger, W in 328
PH 641: Electronics meets 3 hours per week (MWF for 1 hours) for 10 weeks for a total of 3 credits.
Recommended: An undergraduate thermodynamics and statistical mechanics course like PH 441 Thermal and Statistical Methods or instructor's consent. Some have no prior experience in Thermophysics and manage just fine.
Hours: Th 2:30-3:30, F 12-1
Matt W. Grahm, Weniger 375
You may also need a basic reference for thermodynamics. Prof. Sethna's book assumes a high-level undergraduate background with an emphasis on modern applications. PH 641 does not make any such assumptions. As such it is recommended you have a conventional graduate or undergraduate textbook for PH 641. A few recommendations include:
PH 641, this course provides a thorough introduction to thermodynamics and classical and quantum statistical mechanics. Examples will be taken from a broad range of topics and disciplines: physics, chemistry, biology, cosmology, and more.
The final exam is comprehensive and covers material from the entire course.
Short in-class quizzes (approx. 5-10 min) will be given approximately most weeks on the day problem sets are due (announced in advance).
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