Credit: 3
semester hours. The class will meet for three 50-minute sessions/week.
Pre-requisites: Theoretical Dynamics (PHY 5246) and Quantum Mechanics
A (PHY 5645)
Co-requisites: None
Course Outline: (Following Pathria)
Statistical Basis of Thermodynamics | Chapter 1 |
Elements of Ensemble Theory | Chapter 2 |
The Canonical Ensemble | Chapter 3 |
The Grand Canonical Ensemble | Chapter 4 |
Formulation of Quantum Statistics | Chapter 5 |
Ideal Bose Systems | Chapter 7 |
Ideal Fermi
Systems |
Chapter 8 |
Introduction to Phase Transitions | Chapter 11 |
Homeworks
Exams
Midterm 1 | Solutions |
Midterm 2 | Solutions |
Final | Solutions |
Textbook: R.K. Pathria:
"Statistical
Mechanics" Butterworh-Heinemann, Second Edition
(1996)
Reference books:
Evaluation of Performance:
The course grade will be
based on homework assignments, two midterm exams, and the final exam.
There will be one homework set of about three problems each - of Comprehensive-Exam
difficulty - per week. All problems have to be solved and the assignment
must be turned in every Friday at the end of class at the latest. Discussions
of the homework problems among students are encouraged - but each student
must turn in his/her own assignment. Note that eventually you will be
presenting the Comprehensive Exam so it is to your advantage to
master all the problems. The instructor will post his solutions at the
time that the graded homework is returned.
Assessment:
Homeworks | 40% |
First Midterm | 15% |
Second Midterm | 15% |
Final Exam | 30% |
Academic Honor Code:
Students are expected
to uphold the Academic Honor Code published in he Florida State University
Bulletin and the Student Handbook. The first paragraph reads: The Academic
Honor System of Florida State University is based on the premise that each
student has the responsibility (1) to uphold the highest standards of
academic integrity in the student's own work, (2) to refuse to tolerate
violations of academic integrity in the University community, and (3)
to foster a high sense of integrity and social responsibility on the part
of the University community.
ADA Statement:
Students with disabilities
needing academic accommodations should: a) register with and provide
documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center SDRC; b) bring
a letter to the instructor from SDRC indicating that you need academic
accommodations. Please do this during the first week of class.