Statistical Thermodynamics Phys 504 S18
MW 14:00 158LLP
tentative plan S18TentativePlan.pdf: see Table of Contents of (1).)
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 takehome]
Different from 2017, I will add a lot of recent topics (e.g., typicality, fluctuationtheorem related topics, informational thermodynamics, etc.) as to basic problems of statistical thermodynamics, emphasizing even equilibrium statistical mechanics is far from complete.
Lecture slides and supplements demos links
Example problems with solutions almost all representative qual problems may be found here.
Homework (see here for 2017 homeworks, but they may be too elementary)
homework 1 HW181.pdf [source file HW181.tex ] (due Feb 7) soln HW181Soln.pdf source HW181Soln.tex
homework 2 HW182.pdf [source file HW182.tex] (due Feb 14) P 114 12851.pdf soln HW182Soln.pdf source HW182Soln.tex
homework 3 HW183.pdf [source HW183.tex FiguresHW3.zip] (due Feb 21) soln HW183Soln.pdf
homework 4 HW184.pdf [source HW184.tex] (due Feb 28) soln xxx
Office hours: Tu 8:0015:00 in 3111 ESB
Send me a request [yoono@...] if you need other time slots.
TA: Srivatsan Barakrishnan (sblkrsh2@illinois.edu) Office hour: Fr 14:3016:00 in 426 LLP.
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I have received several inquiries about auditing this course.
You are free to join us without my permission. However, I must say that you can learn stat physics by yourself (just I did long ago).
Topics in the following notes will be covered, but informal lecture notes for 2018 will be posted
Lecture Notes (Do not make hard copies, if you wish to use the hypertext features.)

(1) Hypertext lecture notes: SMHyperS12.pdf
with some introductory materials from

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

(3)I will also use some materials from Perspectives but never buy it.
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