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Spring 2017 – Tentative Class Schedule

Date 
Subject Reading Homework & Tests
Jan 23 
Introduction to the course; Thermodynamics I: Laws lecture notes  
25 
Thermodynamics I: Laws lecture notes  
27 
Thermodynamics II: Thermodynamic potentials lecture notes  
30 
Thermodynamics III: Important relations lecture notes Quiz 1
Feb 01 
Thermodynamics IV: Important systems lecture notes  
03 
Thermodynamics V: Phase transitions lecture notes Assignment #1 due
06 
Overview of probability theory lecture notes Quiz 2
08 
Statistical basis of thermodynamics I Chapter 1  
10 
Statistical basis of thermodynamics II Chapter 1  
13 
The microcanonical ensemble Chapter 2 Assignment #2 due
15 
The canonical ensemble I Chapter 3 Quiz 3
17 
The canonical ensemble II: Classical ideal gas Chapter 3  
20 
The canonical ensemble III: Paramagnetism Chapter 3 Quiz 4
22 
The grand canonical ensemble I Chapter 4  
24 
The grand canonical ensemble II Chapter 4 Assignment #3 due
27 
Quantum statistical mechanics: Mixed States Chapter 5  
Mar 01 
Quantum statistical mechanics: Particle Statistics Chapter 5  
03 
Ideal systems: Monatomic gas I Chapter 6  
06 
Ideal systems: Monatomic gas II Chapter 6 Quiz 5
08 
Ideal systems: Molecular gas Chapter 6 Assignment #4 due
10 
Ideal systems: Molecular gas Chapter 6 Test 1 (equations)
13-17 
Spring Break    
20 
Bosons: General treatment Chapter 7  
22 
Bosons: Bose-Einstein condensation Chapter 7  
24 
Bosons: Photons Chapter 7  
27 
Bosons: Phonons I Chapter 7  
29 
Bosons: Phonons II Chapter 7 Quiz 6
31 
Fermions I Chapter 8  
Apr 03 
Fermions II Chapter 8  
05 
Fermions: Astrophysical applications Chapter 8  
07 
Interacting systems: Cluster expansion I Chapter 10 Quiz 7
10 
Interacting systems: Cluster expansion II Chapter 10 Assignment #5 due
12 
Interacting systems: Examples I Chapter 10  
14 
Good Friday    
17 
Interacting systems: Examples II Chapter 10  
19 
Thermodynamic fluctuations I Chapter 15 Quiz 8
21 
Thermodynamic fluctuations II Chapter 15 Topic choice deadline
24 
Ferromagnetism: Mean-field theory Chapter 13  
26 
Ferromagnetism: The Ising model I Chapter 13 Assignment #6 due
28 
Ferromagnetism: The Ising model II Chapter 13  
May 01 
Monte Carlo method: In general, Metropolis algorithm lecture notes Test 2 (equations)
03 
Monte Carlo method: The Ising model lecture notes  
05 
Simple examples of non-equilibrium systems lecture notes Report deadline
May 12 
Friday, 8:00 – 11:00 am, Final Exam: Term Project Presentations

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