Instructor: Miron Kaufman
OFFICE: SI-116, Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Class meets on: M and W 4:00-5:50PM in SI-147.
Prerequisites: PHY330 and PHY474.
Textbook: Callen: Thermodynamics and an Introduction to Thermostatistics; Kaufman Statistical Physics Computational Projects
Recommended Books: Schroeder An Introduction to Thermal Physics, Espinola Introduction to Thermophysics, Zemansky and Dittman Heat and Thermodynamics; Morse Thermal Physics; Reif Statistical and Thermal Physics, Huang Statistical Mechanics
- Week#1,2 Review of Thermodynamics Ch.12
- Week#3,4 Microcanonical Ensemble; Application: Einstein Crystal; Paramagnet (Two States) Model, Polymer Model Ch.15
- Week#5,6,7,8 Canonical Ensemble; Applications: Ideal Gas; Classical,Einstein and Debye Crystals; Paramagnet (Two States) Model; Blackbody Radiation Ch.16
- Week#9 Grand-Canonical Ensemble; Application: Ideal Gas Ch.17
- Week#10,11 Quantum Statistics: Fermi–Dirac statistics Application: free electron model of metals.
- Week#12,13 Quantum Statistics:Bose–Einstein Distribution Ch.18
- Week#14 Phase Transitions: Bose Condensation.
- Week#15 Phase Transitions:Ising Model of Ferromagnetism Ch.20
- No class: M January 16, M February 20, M March 13, W March 15.
- Last day to withdraw from the course: F, March 31.
- Exam #1 M, March 20
- Exam #2 M, May 8
The final grade is a weighted average of:
- Exam #1 30%
- Exam #2 40%
- Homework, Quizzes 10%
- Computer Project 20%
Part of the course is a project in the computer lab of the Physics Department SI-117A. We will work nontrivial problems in Statistical Physics by using MathCAD on the following dates:
- W, January 25:
Computer lab #1: Tutorial, Gamma Function, and the Stirling Approximation
- W, February 8:
Computer lab #2b: Two-State Model, Negative Temperatures, and the Schottky Hump
Computer lab #2a: Magnetic Cooling
- W, February 22:
Computer lab #3: Einstein and Debye Solids
- W, March 9:
Computer lab #4: Blackbody Radiation
- W, March 23:
Computer lab #5: Electron Gas
- W, April 6:
Computer lab #6: Bose-Einstein Gas
- W, April 20
Computer lab #7: Ising Model