
STATISTICAL PHYSICS  Spring 2013
SYLLABUS
AIM: PHY 4523 focuses on the statistical treatment
of the (quantum mechanical or classical) dynamics of individual
particles and the general physical properties that can be deduced. Statistical
mechanics is a very general framework for analyzing equilibrium
systems which also provides a microscopic basis for thermodynamics. We
will look at many applications of statistical thermodynamics taken from
different areas of physics.
PREREQUISITES: It will be assumed that you have
successfully completed an introductory course in classical
thermodynamics at the level of PHY 3513 (Thermal Physics) or PHY 3062
(Accelerated General Physics III). Some experience with quantum
mechanics will be advantageous but not absolutely necessary.
HOMEWORK: Homework problems for each chapter in
the textbook are assigned basically each week with designated due
dates. To obtain full credit the homework must be handed in on
time. Homework can be handed in late for reduced credit but must be by
the next class meeting time and then for 50% of maximum credit.
Solutions to the homework will be posted about 4 days after the due
date.
QUIZZES: In addition to homework sets there will be
at least four short inclass quizzes based on problems related to the
previous homework set and problems reviewed in lectures.
EXAMS: There will be three inclass exams. The exams
will not merely require memorization and regurgitation of material
covered in lectures and homework but test your understanding of
fundamental concepts and methods. Formula sheets or textbooks will be
allowed; details will be announced nearer the time.
In the event of a documented conflict with another event, it may be
possible to take an exam shortly before or after its scheduled time.
Makeup exams will be offered only for serious medical conditions or
Universityapproved absences supported in writing by the appropriate
professional. Any request for a special exam sitting or a makeup must
be made a week ahead for any scheduled absence, and as soon as
reasonably possible after an unforeseen absence.
GRADE: Your grade will be assigned on the basis of
an overall score, derived as follows:
Homework 
10 % 
Quizzes 
40 % 
MidTerm Exams 
30 % 
Final Paper 
20 % 
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

85+ 
75+ 
70+ 
65+ 
60+ 
55+ 
50+ 
45+ 
40+ 
40 
*The actual grading scale may vary depending on numerous factors within
+/ 2.5 points out of 100. There will also be an extracredit
assignment which will allow you the chance to compensate at least
partially for missed homework or a poor performance on one of the
exams.
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 workforcredit.
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.

