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Statistical Physics - Spring 2012

Exam 1, 2, & 3 will be in #1002 from 6:15 pm as scheduled.

CLASS TIME & PLACE: M,W, F 8th Period (3:00 3:50 pm) in NPB #1002

Instructor: Yoonseok Lee

Office: 2233 NPB

Email: yoonslee@phys.ufl.edu

Office Hours:
M,W 9th Period. Make an appointment for other times.

TEXTBOOK: Concepts in Thermal Physics by S.J. Blundell and K.M. Blundell

REFRENCES: Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics by F.Reif

PREQUISITES: PHY 3513 , PHY4604, and Diff. Eq.

The course is the second of the PHY3513-4523 sequence. With the knowledge of thermodynamics, we will develope techniques with which various thermodynamic quatities can be calculated for classical and quantum mechanical systems.

Homework Five sets of HW will be assigned in this course. Each homework will be distributed as a PDF file through e-mail, usually on Friday. The due date of homework will be specified on the homework sheet (usually a week after). Make your solutions neat, concise, and intelligible.
Homeworks submitted late will not be graded.

In-class Quizzes There will be three in-class quizzes. 30 mins will be given for each quiz. Quiz should be consdiered as a small exam.

Exams There will be three longer than 2 hour exams. The exam time will be announced later.

Paper Students will choose one subject out of the suggested topics and write a comprehensive report. Click here for Instruction and Topics. Students can form a group (up to 2 students) and can work together. Each group, if work together, should submit one report but both authors should make comparable contributions. Each report should follow the format and style guide of Physical Review Letters (http://prl.aps.org/info/infoL.html) and should be submitted in PDF. If you are not familiar with LaTeX, you can use the Word template provided by the instructor with PRL reference style.

Sample Report 1

Sample Report 2

Policy on missed Exam or Quiz:
A make-up will be arranged separately.

Composition of Grade (Total 104)
24% (8% each)

60% (20% each)


Projected Grading Scale*
Grade A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ E
G. Pt. 4.0 3.67 3.33 3.0 2.67 2.33 2.0 1.67 1.33 0
Score 90+ 80+ 70+ 65+ 60+ 55+ 50+ 45+ 40+  

*The actual grading scale may vary depending on numerous factors within +/- 2.5 points out of 100.

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: Students who require accommodation for disabilities must first contact the Dean of Students Office. That office will provide documentation, which the student must bring to his/her instructors during the first week of the semester.

ACADEMIC HONESTY: Each student is expected to hold himself/herself to a high standard of academic honesty. Under the UF academic honesty policy, unauthorized assistance or the use of unauthorized resources is strictly forbidden on work-for-credit. Although discussions among the students are highly encouraged, you are to work alone on all homework assignments unless specified differently. Fabrication or falsification of excuses or related documentation is also a violation of the UF academic honesty policy. Violations of this policy will be dealt with severely. There will be no warnings or exceptions.