Spring 2022 - PHYS 841 G100

Statistical Mechanics (3)

Class Number: 5879

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    AQ 5007, 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 40%
  • Midterm 20%
  • Final exam 40%

Materials

MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:

Required Text:
Kerson Huang, Statistical Mechanics (2nd ed.)

Recommended text:
I. Herbut, Modern approach to critical phenomena

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS

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TEACHING AT SFU IN SPRING 2022

Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.