PHY 525: Statistical Physics I

Gerhard Müller

Tue./Thu. 8:30-9:45, Room 112, East Hall

First class meets on Thursday 09/09/21 

Topics

Format

This course will not follow any particular textbook. Students may use any graduate text on statistical physics for reference. Lecture notes are posted in pdf. No textbook is required. Relevant textbook are listed in the lecture notes.

One emphasis in this course will be on the training of problem-solving skills. Exercises on specific themes will be discussed in every class. Some of the exercises will be worked out in class. Others will be assigned as homework problems (three exercises per class with a deadline at least one week ahead).

Grade points can be earned as follows:

  1. Every homework problem earns a maximum of 20 points if it is handed in before the deadline.

  2. On-time class attendance earns 20 points.

  3. (a) Any homework problem handed in after the deadline earns a maximum of 10 points. (b) Any additional problem (listed as relevant exercise) handed in any time will earn a maximum of 5 to 20 points, depending on the degree of difficulty. (c) Any graded problem may be handed in again any time with a revised solution; additional points may be awarded.

You can earn a 100% score by options 1 and 2 alone if you attend class regularly and on time, and if you hand in all homework with correct solutions before the deadlines. Option 3 is meant to substitute points for missed classes and deadlines or for incorrect solutions.

Schedule:

Date
Lecture
Relevant Lecture Notes and Exercises
Homework Due
09/09
1
[tsc1][tln2][tln90][tex143][tex144][tex145]
[tex5][tex146][tex168]
 ---
09/14
2
[tsc2][tex7][tex1][tex13]
 ---
09/16
3
[tsc2][tex3][tex4][tex8][tex16][tex108][tex106][tex107]
[tex143][tex144][tex145]
09/21
4
[tsc3][tex107][tex9][te149][tln77][tln9]
[tex168][tex1][tex13]
09/23
5
[tsc3][tex6][tex12][tex155]
[tex4][tex8][tex106]
09/28
6
 [tsc4][tex14][tex17][tex15][tex27][tex38]
[tsl1][tex31][tex32]
[tex107][tex9][tex149]
09/30
7
 
[tex6][tex12][tex155]
10/05
8
 
[tex14][tex17][tex38]
10/07
9
 

10/12
10
 

10/14
11
 
 
10/19
12
 
 
10/21
13
 
 
10/26
14
 
 
10/28
15
 
 
11/02
16
 
 
11/04
17
 
 
11/09
18
 
 
11/10
19
 

11/16
20
 
 
11/18
21
 
 
11/23
22
 
 
11/30
23
 
 
12/02
24
 
 
12/07
25
 
 
12/09
26
 
 

Last update: 09/23/21