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PHY 626: Statistical Physics III

Course Information

Please note that exact details of the course can vary

Professor: Dr. Gerhard Muller
Semester: Spring in alternate years
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: PHY525 (readily waived by permission numbers).

Catalog Description: Stochastic processes. Markov condition. Master equation. Fokker-Planck equation. Brownian motion. Langevin equation. Transport phenomena. Onsager theory of irreversible processes near equilibrium. Boltzmann equation. Linear response theory, fluctuation dissipation theorem.

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 2 times per week for lecture.
Topics covered in this course include:

  • Elements of probability theory with applications
  • Random variables
  • Stochastic processes
  • Brownian motion
  • Linear response and equilibrium dynamics
  • Zwanzig-Mori formalism

 

 

 

Contact Information:

Dr. Gerhard Muller (gmuller@uri.edu)

 

LEC: (3 crs.) Stochastic processes. Markov condition. Master equation. Fokker-Planck equation. Brownian motion. Langevin equation. Transport phenomena. Onsager theory of irreversible processes near equilibrium. Boltzmann equation. Linear response theory, fluctuation dissipation theorem. (Lec. 3) Pre: PHY 525.

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