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Fall 2010-2011
PHY 511  

Thermodynamics, Kinetic Theory and Statistical Mechanics

Shivaji L. Sondhi

The physical principles and mathematical formulation of statistical physics, with emphasis on applications in thermodynamics, condensed matter, physical chemistry and astrophysics. Topics that will be discussed include bose-einstein condensation, degenerate fermi systems, phase-transitions, and basics of kinetic theory. Students will be asked to participate in class discussion of challenging problems taken from past departmental generals exams (prelims).

Sample reading list:
F. Reif, Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics
L.D. Landau and E.M. Lifshitz, Statistical Physics
K. Huang, Statistical Mechanics
J. Sethna, Statistical Mechanics: Entropy, Order Parameters and Complex
M. Kardar, Statistical Physics of Particles

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
25891 L01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm T Th   Jadwin Hall   343   Enrolled:20 Limit:30