Statistical Thermodynamics  Phys 504 S18 

MW 14:00 158LLP 

tentative plan: see Table of Contents of (1).)

Lecture Notes (Do not make hard copies, if you wish to use the hypertext features.)

  1. (1) Hypertext lecture notes: SMHyperS12.pdf

with some introductory materials from

(2) Statistical Physics, a jogging course StatPhys2015E.pdf (7.7MB) [hypertext]

Different from the last year, I will add a lot of recent topics (e.g., typicality, fluctuation-theorem related topics, informational thermodynamics, etc.) as to basic problems of statistical thermodynamics.

Lecture slides and supplements are    (here for S17)

Example problems with solutions almost all representative qual problems may be found here.

The course will critically review various myths of statistical mechanics and hopefully discuss research topics.

Policy: 50% HW (best 8 out of ~10) Midterm (30%) Final (20%) [All the exams will be take-home]

Office hours:  xxx  in 3111 ESB.


demos links

LaTeX Help

template: LaTeXTemplate.tex [Write your lines in ``WRITE HERE’’.]

sample formulas:  LaTeXHelp.pdf   whose source file is  LaTeXHelp.tex

Informal Notes on Renormalization and Phase Transitions (Dec 31, 2008) IRG.pdf       pwd = IRG

Introduction to Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanics (Part 1+2, Apr28, 2005) NSM05I+II.pdf pw = NSM05I+II

Introduction to Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanics (Part 3, May 5, 2005) NSM05III.pdf pw= NSM05III

Statistical Thermodynamics