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Statistical Mechanics


Spring, Class 3, cr. 3


PHYS-600 or equivalent


This is a core course in Statistical Mechanics intended for all Physics graduate students at Purdue. The material covered is at a somewhat more advanced level than the typical undergraduate course on the subject. Topics will range from a treatment of the Boltzmann equation to an introduction to phase transitions and critical phenomena. A good knowledge of Thermodynamics is necessary. If you have not taken a course in Thermodynamics a number of good books on the subject are available and should be studied before attending the course. Although a certain knowledge of mathematical methods for Physics (like for instance the material covered in PHYS-600 and PHYS-601 at Purdue) would be very useful, the course is mostly self-contained.

Textbook(s) for Spring 2014

Textbooks for Spring 2014
Course Title Author Edition ISBN Publisher
PHYS617 Statistical Physics; Vol. 1   Landau and Lifshitz  3rd; (January 15, 1980)  978-0750633727  Butterwprth-Heinemann 
PHYS617 Thermodynamics   Enrico Fermi  Reprint ed. (June 1, 1956)  978-0486603612   Dover Publications