Spring 2020 - PHYS 841 G100

Statistical Mechanics (3)

Class Number: 3093

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    AQ 5039, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    PHYS 445 or equivalent.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Review of ensembles and thermodynamics, ideal gases, imperfect classical gases, classical and modern theories of phase transitions, renormalization group. Course offered regularly.

COURSE DETAILS:

Topics to be covered:

•                 Statistical ensembles and thermodynamics

•                 Quantum statistics

•                 Superfluidity

•                 Phase transitions, Mean Field and Landau Theory

•                 Critical phenomena, renormalization group theory

•                 Spontaneous symmetry breaking and topological defects

Grading

  • Homework 45%
  • Essay 15%
  • Final exam 40%

Materials

MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:

Required Text:
Michael Plischke & Birger Bergersen, Equilibrium Statistical Physics (3rd ed.)

Recommended Texts:
Kerson Huang, Statistical Mechanics (2nd ed.)



   

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