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PHY 525: Statistical Physics I

Course Information

Please note that exact details of the course can vary

 Professor:Dr. Gerhard Muller

Semester: Fall in alternate years
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: PHY420 or PHY510 (readily waived by permission numbers)

Catalog Description: Equilibrium thermodynamics. Thermodynamics of phase transitions. Elements of kinetic theory. Statistical ensembles and partition functions. Classical and quantum equilibrium statistical mechanics.

Course Goals & Outcomes

Upon completion, successful students will be able to:

  • Understand important topics of statistical physics
  • Further develop critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Conduct physics research on a better foundation

Course Description

This course meets 3 times per week for lecture.
Topics covered in this course include:

  • Equilibrium thermodynamics
  • Thermodynamics of phase transitions
  • Kinetic theory
  • Equilibrium statistical mechanics with classical and quantum applications

 

Detailed topics outline

Lecture notes on the Digital Commons

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Course syllabus : Fall 2017

 

 

Contact Information: Dr. Gerhard Muller 

 

 

LEC: (3 crs.) Equilibrium thermodynamics. Thermodynamics of phase transitions. Elements of kinetic theory. Statistical ensembles and partition functions. Classical and quantum equilibrium statistical mechanics. (Lec. 3) Pre: PHY 420 or equivalent, PHY 510.

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