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Pathia & Beale (third edition)
Statistical Mechanics I (Spring, 2016)

Lecturer: Prof. Hsiu-Hau LIN
Time: F6F7F8 (14:20-17:20) on Fridays
Location: Room 019 in Physics Building
Textbook: Statistical Mechanics by Pathria and Beale (third edition)
You can download the e-textbook from NTHU Library!

Course description

The course contents covered in Statistical Mechanics I is rather standard and I will try to follow Pathria without too many detours :) The tentative plan is to finish the first nine chapters in the textbook. The real beef of statistical mechanics can be found in the sibling course Statistical Mechanics II with detail notes and homework problems.


Grades

Midterm 1 (25%): 14:20-17:20 on March 27 (Sunday), Chapter 1-3
Midterm 2 (25%): 14:20-17:20 on May 6 (Friday) Chapter 4-6
Final (25%): 14:20-17:20 on June 17 (Friday) Chapter 7-9

Classroom Engagement (25%): Discussions and participations in class are encouraged and thus counted as part of your overall grade for the course. In addition to the classroom interactions, you are also encouraged to deliver the Pecha Kucha Talks -- 20 slides with 20 seconds each. This activity is to encourage and to highlight the importance of presentation skill. And, good performance will earn you bonus points :)



Updates

  • (Jan 22) Syllabus revised.
  • (Dec 7) Syllabus uploaded on wikispaces.


Syllabus


Week 1 (Feb 19)
Introduction

Week 2 (Feb 26)
梅竹,不上課

Week 3 (Mar 4)
L1: Statistical basis of thermodynamics (Chap 1)

Week 4 (Mar 11)
L2: Microcanonical ensemble (Chap 2)

Week 5 (Mar 18)
L3: Canonical ensemble (Chap 3)

Week 6 (Mar 25)
L4: Canonical ensemble 2 (Chap 3)

14:20-17:20 on Mar 27
Midterm 1 (Chap 1-3)

Week 7 (Apr 1)
春假,不上課

Week 8 (Apr 8)
L5: Grand canonical ensemble (Chap 4)

Week 9 (Apr 15)
發考卷

Week 10 (Apr 22)
L6: Quantum statistics (Chap 5)

Week 11 (Apr 29)
L7: Simple gases (Chap 6)

Week 12 (May 6)
Midterm 2 (Chap 4-6)

Week 13 (May 13)
發考卷

Week 14 (May 20)
L8: Bose gas (Chap 7)

Week 15 (May 27)
L9: Fermi gas (Chap 8)

Week 16 (June 3)
L10: Big Bang thermodynamics (Chap 9)

Week 17 (June 10)
端午,不上課

Week 18 (June 17)
Final (Chap 7-9)



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