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Spring 2018 – Tentative Class Schedule

Date 
Subject Reading Homework & Tests
Jan 22 
Introduction to the course; Thermodynamics I: Laws lecture notes L01  
24 
Thermodynamics I: Laws lecture notes L01  
26 
Thermodynamics II: Thermodynamic potentials lecture notes L02 Quiz 1
29 
Thermodynamics III: Important relations lecture notes L03  
31 
Thermodynamics IV: Important systems lecture notes L04  
Feb 02 
Thermodynamics V: Phase transitions lecture notes L05 Quiz 2
05 
Overview of probability theory lecture notes L06 Assignment #1 due 
07 
Statistical basis of thermodynamics I Chapter 1 / L07  
09 
Statistical basis of thermodynamics II Chapter 1 / L07 Quiz 3
12 
The microcanonical ensemble Chapter 2 / L08  
14 
The canonical ensemble I Chapter 3 / L09 Assignment #2 due
16 
The canonical ensemble II: Classical ideal gas Chapter 3 / L10 Quiz 4
19 
The canonical ensemble III: Paramagnetism Chapter 3  
21 
The grand canonical ensemble I Chapter 4  
23 
The grand canonical ensemble II Chapter 4  
26 
Quantum statistical mechanics: Mixed States Chapter 5 Assignment #3 due
28 
Quantum statistical mechanics: Particle Statistics Chapter 5 Quiz 5
Mar 02 
Ideal systems: Monatomic gas I Chapter 6  
05 
Ideal systems: Monatomic gas II Chapter 6  
07 
Ideal systems: Molecular gas Chapter 6  
09 
Ideal systems: Molecular gas Chapter 6 Test 1 (equations)
12-16 
Spring Break    
19 
Bosons: General treatment Chapter 7  
21 
Bosons: Bose-Einstein condensation Chapter 7  
23 
Bosons: Photons Chapter 7  
26 
Bosons: Phonons I Chapter 7 Quiz 6, Assignment #4 due
28 
Bosons: Phonons II Chapter 7  
30 
Good Friday    
Apr 02 
Fermions I Chapter 8  
04 
Fermions II Chapter 8  
06 
Fermions: Astrophysical applications Chapter 8 Quiz 7
09 
Interacting systems: Cluster expansion I Chapter 10  
11 
Interacting systems: Cluster expansion II Chapter 10  
13 
Interacting systems: Examples I Chapter 10  
16 
Interacting systems: Examples II Chapter 10 Topic choice deadline
18 
Thermodynamic fluctuations I Chapter 15 Quiz 8
20 
Thermodynamic fluctuations II Chapter 15  
23 
Ferromagnetism: Mean-field theory Chapter 13 Assignment #5 due
25 
Ferromagnetism: The Ising model I Chapter 13  
27 
Ferromagnetism: The Ising model II Chapter 13 Quiz 9
30 
Monte Carlo method: In general, Metropolis algorithm lecture notes  
May 02 
Monte Carlo method: The Ising model lecture notes Report deadline
04 
Simple examples of non-equilibrium systems lecture notes Test 2 (equations)
07 
    Assignment #6 due
May 09 
Wednesday, 8:00 – 11:00 am, Final Exam: Term Project Presentations

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