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Phys530 grading policy and syl= labus

Statistical Mechanics (3-0-3)<= /p>

Fall 2004

Instructor:  Dr. Abdulaziz aljalal

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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”, 2nd= Ed., Wiley,1987

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

&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