**PHY 4523 -- Statistical Physics**

Webpage Version of 24 April 2004.

**Instructor:**

Mark W. Meisel, Department of Physics, University of Florida

Best Place to Find Me: NPB B133, Tel: 2-9147, Fax: 2-7709

Alternative Place to Find Me: NPB 2358, Tel: 2-8867

Email: meisel@phys.ufl.edu

Office Hours: W F 9th period (16:05 - 16:55 hrs),

Tu Th 8th period (15:00 - 15:50 hrs), and by appointment.

**Grading Assistant:**

Yingxia Wan, Office Hours: Th 13:00-15:00 hrs, Office: NPB 1228, Tel: 2-1668, Email: ywan@phys.ufl.edu.

**Meeting Times: ** M W F 8th period (15:00 -
15:50 hrs) in NPB 1011

**Textbook: ** R. Bowley and M. Sanchez,
"Introductory Statistical Mechanics (2nd Edition)", (Clarendon Press,
Oxford, 1999). Available from Oxford
University Press.

**Link
to in vivo Grade Spreadsheet (Excel)**

**Suggested Homework:**

**Chapter 1:** 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11,
12.
**Chapter 2:** 4, 6, 8, 9, 13, 19.

**Chapter 3:** 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 14, 16, 20,
21.
**Chapter 4:** 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14.

**Chapter 5:** 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 17, 20, 22, 23,
26. **Chapter 6:** 2, 4, 6, 8, 9.

**Chapter 7: ** 2, 4, 5, 10, 13,
16.
**Chapter 8:** 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12.

**Chapter 9:** 1, 3, 4, 5,
9.
**Chapter 10:** 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15.

NOTE: Subject to change and tthers to be assigned later.

**Quizzes and Solutions:** SMQ1. SMQ2 . SMQ2bis. SMQ3. SMQ4. SMQ5 . SMQ6 . SMQ7. SMQ8. SMQ9 .

**Mid-term Exams and Solutions: **MTE 1 and S1 , S2 , S3, S4, S5 .

MTE 2 and S1 , S2 , S3, S4, S5 .

MTE3 and S1 , S2 , S3, S4.

**Final Exam: Wednesday, 28
April, 17:30 - 19:30 hrs ( i.e. 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Final Exam Group
28E).**

2003 Stat Mech Final Exam Pages: Q1, Q2, Q3; and Solutions S1, S2, S3, S4, S5, S6, S7, S8, S9.

**Other potentially useful (or interesting) links:**

**Johannes D. van der Waals**,
Nobel
Lecture 1910,

where you may read
about "the broad outlines of my equation of state and how I arrived at
it"

and find the
statement "It is great pleasure for me that an increasing number of
younger physicists

find the
inspiration for their work in studies and contemplations of the molecular
theory".

Work extracted from a single
heat bath? Do you believe it?

Check it out: *"Extracting Work from a Single Heat Bath via
Vanishing Quantum Coherence"* ,

*
Science* __299__ (2003) 862-864.

Debate on *"A Fresh
Take on Disorder, or Disorderly Science"*, by A. Cho, * Science*,
News Focus, 23 Aug. 2002, p. 1268

rages with 3

http://stp.clarku.edu/ is not presently maintained but has some useful information.

No Thaw
Flaw in the Third Law!

"Data Reduction and Error Analysis for the Physical Sciences", 2nd.
edition,

P.R. Bevington and D.K. Robinson
(McGraw-Hill, 1992).

** "Quantum Engine Blasts Past High Gear"** (what could this
be?), see

Simple comments about "temperature" and entropy of granular materials, as motived the the research article:

H.A. Makse and J. Kurchan,

For a comment on the usefulness of numbering equations, see

also reprinted in

by N. David Mermin (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1990).

"Great reading! Great graduation gift idea! Take it down the Sawannee River!" -- MWM

Life arrived on Earth from an asteroid? "Thermodyanmically not possible?!" -- MWM

But consider:

can tolerate tremendous pressures (found at depths more than 2000 ft. in ocean vents,

"eats" iron sulfides and magnetite to oxidize the Fe

known to survive high does of radiation.

(Undated notes supplied to MWM from ALP to suggest plausibility for the idea.)

the "lay discussion" about this paper

J. Couzin,

Non-blackbody radiation?

Ultracold Matter, at least from the laser cooling viewpoint:

see the

BEC "Video Games", see http://www.colorado.edu/physics/2000/index.pl

Information Theory and Entropy? see

J. Machta,