PHY 6536

Statistical Mechanics

In this course we will study "statistical physics.'' This subject is a link between the microscopic world of one or two particles and the macroscopic world of Avogadro's number of little particles, all the same. In the micro-world, energy is conserved; the equations are exact, reversible, and can be solved at any level of detail required. In the macro-world the details are lost in some thermodynamic limit; we work with very general relationships among macroscopic properties of systems; and entropy always increases.

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Time and place: MWF 3th
(9.35-10.25 AM) NPB 1101

Text R.K. Pathria, Paul D.
Beale Statistical Mechanics (Third edition, 2011)

Additional text: J.P. Sethna,
Statistical Mechanics: Entropy, Order Parameters and Complexity* *
(Oxford University Press, 2006).

Introductory text: Roger Bowley, Mariana Sanchez, Introductory Statistical Mechanics

Instructor: Sergei Obukhov

email: sergei at phys.ufl.edu

Phone: 392-8752

Office: 2164 NPB

Grader: Muhammad
Imran <muhammadimran
at ufl.edu>

Phone 352.846.3117
Office: 2151 NPB

lecture notes:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4239962/gsm.pdf

Office hours: 2.00 pm-3.00 pm MW

We will have homework
approximately every week, due on Mondays, a midterm on Monday,
February 27, and a final exam on April 24.

**Methods
by
which
students
will
be evaluated and their grade determined:**

Grades
will
be
based
on
one midterm exam (25%), one final (35%) and homework (40%).
There will be approximately 10 homework assignments.

**Other course notes:**

All students are required to
abide by the Academic
Honesty Guidelines of
the University of Florida.

Attendance will not be monitored; however, exam questions will come from topics discussed in class.