PHY-5524:  "STATISTICAL MECHANICS" (SPRING 2004)

Boltzmann
Bose Einstein Fermi Dirac
Some true giants of Statistical Physics: Boltzmann (above) together with Bose, Einstein, Fermi, and Dirac.

Instructor: Jorge Piekarewicz

Time: 10:10-11:00 Mondays,Wednesdays, AND Fridays @110UPL
Final Exam scheduled for: Thursday, April 29, 10am-noon
Office Hours: Anytime I am in my office
Office: 204 Keen (644-6344)
E-mail: jorgep@csit.fsu.edu

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

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Exams
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Midterm 2 Solutions
Final Solutions

Textbook: R.K. Pathria:  "Statistical Mechanics"  Butterworh-Heinemann, Second Edition (1996)
Pathria
Reference books:     

Chandler Goodstein Huang

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.