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Scope of Course. The aim of the course is
to give students a thorough grounding in the fundamentals
of statistical mechanics at an advanced level, combining
an understanding of the main principles and technicques,
and the ability to solve the standard problems. We
will accomplish this with the help of the required
textbook, "Statistical Mechanics" by R. K. Pathria and P.
D. Beale, 3rd edition. The more recent book "Statistical
Mechanics in a Nutshell" by L. Peliti is very readable and
a good compliment to Pathria. You should have handy an
elementary text, such as "An Introduction to Thermal
Physics" by Schroeder. Lastly, if you need further
stimulation on this subject, you might like to watch the MIT
lectures on Statistical Mechanics by Mehran Kardar.


``Statistical Mechanics in a Nutshell", by L. Peliti. (Princeton U. Press).


Exercise 1 Solution to Exercise 1 Exercise 2. Solution to Exercise 2 Exercise 3. Solution to Exercise 3 Ising
Snippets Mathematica Notebook (Pdf
copy) 

Times: 3.204.40 pm Monday and Wednesday in ARC205, starting Weds 18th Jan, 2016. Quite frequently, to make up for my travel, we will hold an additional class in ARC 207 at noon on Fridays. Office hour: 34.00 Thursdays or by arrangement. Tel x 5082. Assessment: Assessment will be made on the basis of weekly assignments, a midterm during class time on March 8th and a final exam 912am, May 3rd. I want to encourage an interactive class and will take this into account when grading! (Return to top) 



Schedule (To be determined in detail).
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