Statistical Mechanics Spring 2017 Reference Page

Course Number: 
715
Instructor: 
Robert Joynt
Level: 
Graduate
Course Description: 
Statistical foundations, Liouville's theorem, ensembles, classical and quantum distribution functions, entropy and temperature, connection with thermodynamics, partition functions, quantum gases, non-ideal gases, phase transitions and critical phenomena, non-equilibrium problems, Boltzmann equation and the H-theorem, transport properties, applications of statistical mechanics to selected problems.
Prerequisites: 
Physics 711, 531 & 415, or equivalent
Lecture Place and Time: 
MWF 9:55-10:45am, 2120 Chamberlin Hall
Final Exam Date and Time: 
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 2:45pm to 4:45pm
Textbooks: 
Statistical Mechanics, 2nd edition by Huang Wiley 1987, ISBN 0471815187
Statistical Physics, 3rd edition by Landau and Lifshitz Butterworth Heinemann 1980, ISBN 0750633727
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