Phys530 grading policy and syl=
labus

Statistical Mechanics (3-0-3)

Fall 2004

** Instructor: ** Dr. Abdulaziz aljalal

__Course Description__

The statistical basis of thermodynamics, element of en= semble theory, the canonical and grand canonical ensembles, quantum statistics, application to simple gases, Bose and Fermi systems, imperfect gases, phase transitions, and Ising model

__Text book__

Statistical Mechanics by R. K. Pa= thria

__References__

K. Hung, “Statistical Mechanics”, 2^{nd=
}
Ed., Wiley,1987

F. Reif, “Fundamenta= ls if Statistical and Thermal Physics”, McGraw-Hill, 1965

__Grading policies__

&nbs= p; 20% homework

&nbs= p; 20% project / term paper

&nbs= p; 20% first major

&nbs= p; 20% second major

&nbs= p; 20% final

__Homework policy__

&nbs= p; A homework set is due one week from assignment. You may submit it after the due da= te but 15% of the grade will be deducted for every day after the due date.

__Term paper policy__

&nbs= p; You are encouraged to find a suitable topic as soon as possible. Your work is expected to evolve ov= er the course of the term. I would l= ike to see your progress periodically. The project is due one week before the end of classes of the semester. You may submit late but there will= be a plenty of 5% for every day after the dead line.

__Exam policies__

&nbs= p; Exam will be close book. Useful fo= rmula will be provided.

__Topics covered __

Ch 1 = The statistical basis of thermodynamics

Ch 2 = Element of ensemble theory

Ch 3 = The canonical and ensembles

Ch 4 = The grand canonical ensembles

Ch5 &= nbsp; Formulation of quantum statistics

Ch6 &= nbsp; The theory of simple gases

Ch7 &= nbsp; The ideal Bose System

Ch8 &= nbsp; Ideal Fermi systems

Ch9 &= nbsp; Statistical Mechanics of interacting systems: the method of cluster expansion

Ch12 = Theory of phase transition