Syllabus of Statistical Physics

In this course, we will rst introduce the fundamental postulates and concepts in modern statistical physics and establish a connection of these concepts to the concepts in thermo-dynamics. We will also cover some basic tools in quantum statistical mechanics and phase transitions based on Ginzberg-Landau theory and renormalization group theory.

1. Elementary Probability Theory [1 week]

2. Classical Statistical Mechanics

(a) Postulates of Classical Statistical Mechanics [1
week]

(b) Mircocanonical Ensembles, Canonical Ensembles, and
Grand Canonical Ensembles [2 weeks]

(c) Energy, Temperature, and Entropy [1 week]

(d) Derivation of Thermodynamics [1 week]

3. Quantum Statistical Mechanics [3 weeks]

4. Partition Function, Free Energy, and Gibs Distribution [2
weeks]

5. Approximation Methods [2 weeks]

6. Phase Transitions and Renormalization Group Theory [3 weeks]

7. Stochastic Dynamics and Brownian Motion [2 weeks]

*None*

*Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics.* Edition
(Reif, F., McGraw-Hill, Auckland), 1965.

*Statistical Physics.* vol. 5 of Berkley Phyiscs Course (Reif,
F., McGraw-Hill, New York), 1967.

- Huang, K.,
*Statistical Mechanics*(John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1987), 2nd ed. - Kittel, C. & H. Kroemer,
*Thermal Physics*(W. H. Freeman and Company, New York, 1980), 2 ed. - Landau, L. D. & E. M. Lifshitz,
*Statistical Physics*(Part 1), vol. 5 of Landau Course of Theoretical Physics (Pergamon Press, New York, 1980), 3rd ed. - Plischke, M. & B. Bergersen,
*Equilibrium Statistical Physics*(World Scienti c, Singapore, 1994), 2 ed. - Reif, F.,
*Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics*(McGraw-Hill, Auckland, 1965). - Reif, F.,
*Statistical Physics, vol. 5 of Berkley Physics Course*(McGraw-Hill, New York, 1967). - Schroeder, D. V.,
*An Introduction to Thermal Physics*(Addison Wesley, New York, 1999).

Component | Percentage |

100% | |

Homework | 60% |

Midterm Examination | 20% |

Final Examination | 20% |

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