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PHYS617 — Spring 2022

PHYS617: Statistical Mechanics

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Offering:

Spring, Class 3, cr. 3

Prerequisites:

PHYS-600 or equivalent

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Description:

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.

Instructor(s):

FISCHBACH, EPHRAIM

Email:

ephraim@purdue.edu

Textbook(s) for Spring 2022

Title Author Edition ISBN Publisher Req/Opt Notes
Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics F. Reif 1st 978-1577666127 Waveland Pr Inc Required
Statistical Mechanics R. K. Pathria, Paul Beale 3rd 978-0123821881 Academic Press Optional

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