The statistical foundations of thermodynamics. Micro-canonical, canonical,
and grand canonical ensembles. Quantum statistics. Ideal Bose and Fermi
systems. Fluctuations and linear-response theory. Phase transitions and
Midterm 1 is Thursday September 28.
Covers HW1-4, Lecs. 1-9, Ch. 1, 3, 4 in textbook.
Calculator and crib sheet (8.5"x11" one side) allowed.
Exam week office hours: Wed. 2-4pm.
Practice Problems for Midterm 1 (Note: These are actual problems
from a previous exam. No guarantee of similarity to this year's exam problems.)
Homework (due in blue box outside PAS 224):
HW1 due 4pm Friday Sept. 1
HW2 due 4pm Friday Sept. 8
HW3 due 9am Monday Sept. 18 (deadline extended)
HW4 due 4pm Friday Sept. 22
Textbook Statistical Mechanics and Applications in Condensed Matter available on amazon.com and at UA Bookstore.
Schedule of topics, reading, and exams
Office hours: Thursday 2-4pm,
or contact me
Grades available on d2l
Lec 1: The Laws of Thermodynamics
Lec 2: Statistical basis of thermodynamics
Lec 3: Classical ideal gas
Lec 4: Introduction to ensemble theory
Lec 5: Micro-canonical ensemble
Lec 6: Canonical ensemble
Lec 7: Canonical ensemble II
Lec 8: Paramagnetism
Lec 9: Grand canonical ensemble
Lec 10: The density matrix
Lec 11: Quantum statistics (cont.)
Lec 12: Reduced density matrix
Lec 13: Quantum many-particle systems
Lec 14: Quantum ideal gas
Lec 15: Fermi gas
Lec 16: Fermi gas II
Lec 17: Ideal Bose gas
Lec 18: Photons and phonons
Lec. 19: Quantum theory of a harmonic crystal
Lec. 20: Fluctuations in a 1D harmonic system
Lec. 21: Superconductivity I: Meissner effect
Lec. 22: Superconductivity II: Ginzburg-Landau theory
Lec. 23: Electrical noise in a resistor
Lec. 24: Thermoelectric effects and linear response theory
David Tong, Lectures on Statistical Physics (Cambridge University, 2012)
Information: From Maxwell's demon to Landauer's eraser, Physics Today (September 2015).
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics at Negative Absolute Temperatures,
Norman F. Ramsey, Phys. Rev. 103, 20 (1956).
Topological Phase Transitions and Topological Phases of Matter Nobel Prize in Physics (2016).