This is an approximate schedule and will be filled in and changed as we go through the  class.  
Blue indicates the material that has already been covered.
Revised  January 25, 2018
Statistical Physics     PHY4523 Section 3803
Approximate Course Schedule:
(subject to change)
QUIZZES ARE TENTATIVE
Midterm Exams Have Been Finalized.
WEEK Chapters QUIZ (Tentative) Homework
1 Mon. Jan. 8 Introduction to Class and Organization
Wed.  Jan. 10 Overview of Statistical Mechanics 1 & 2 Chapter 1:  3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12
Fri.  Jan. 12 Overview of Thermodynamcis
2 Mon. Jan. 15 Martin Luther King Holiday (No Class) Chapter 2:  4, 6, 8, 9, 13, 19
Wed. Jan. 17 Laws of Thermodynamics
Fri.  Jan. 19 Entropy, Exact and Inexact Differentials, Carnot Engines Quiz 1
3 Mon. Jan. 22 Thermodynamic Potentials, U, F, G, H 3 Chapter 3:  6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 14, 16, 20, 21
Wed. Jan. 24 Introduction to Probability 
Fri.  Jan. 26 Binomial, Poisson, Gaussian Probability Distributions Quiz 2
4 Mon. Jan.29 Expectation Values, Moment Generating Functions 4 Chapter 4:  1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14
Wed. Jan. 31 Boltzmann's Hypothesis - Microscopic Basis of Entropy
Fri.  Feb. 2 Equations of State from Entropy,  Quantum States Quiz 3
5 Mon. Feb. 5 Review/Catch Up
Wed. Feb. 7 Spins on a Lattice, Stirling's Approximation 5 Midterm Exam 1 (E2-E3) Chapter 5:  2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 17, 20, 22, 23, 26
Fri.  Feb. 9 Rubber Band, Fluctuations
6 Mon. Feb. 12 Canonical Ensemble - Partition Function
Wed. Feb. 14 Entropy in Canonical Ensemble.  Connection to Thermo.
Fri.  Feb. 16 Schottky Anomaly, Examples. Quiz 4
7 Mon. Feb. 19 Particle in a Box
Wed.  Feb. 21 Magnetic Work
Fri.  Feb. 23 Diatomic Gas, Equipartion 6 Quiz 5  Chapter 6:  2, 4, 6, 8, 9
8 Mon. Feb. 26 Identical Particles - Symmetric/Antisymmetric Wavefunctions
Wed.  Feb. 28 Bosons/Fermions.  Calculating the Partition Function
Fri.  Mar. 2 Maxwell-Boltzmann Distribution  Quiz 6 
9 Mon. Mar. 5 SPRING BREAK   -  No Classes
Wed. Mar. 7 SPRING BREAK   -  No Classes
Fri. Mar. 9 SPRING BREAK   -  No Classes 7 Chapter 7:  2, 4, 5, 10, 13, 16
10 Mon.  Mar. 12 Out of Town (Substitute or Make-Up Class to be determined)
Wed. Mar. 14 Density of States 8 Chapter 8:   1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12
Fri.  Mar. 16 Velocity and Speed Distribution
11 Mon.  Mar. 19 Mean, RMS and Most Probable Speeds Midterm Exam 2 (E2-E3)
Wed. Mar. 21 Planck Distribution
Fri.  Mar. 23 Black Body Radiation
9 Chapter 9: 1, 3, 4, 5, 9
12 Mon. Mar. 26 Derivation of Planck Distribution
Wed. Mar. 28 Specific Heat of Solids - Einstein Model, Debye Model
Fri.  Mar. 30 Systems with  Variable Particle Number Quiz 7
13 Mon. Apr. 2 Determing Mu- Gibbs Free Energy, Gibbs-Duhem
Wed. Apr. 4 Chemical Reactions 10 Chapter 10:  1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15
Fri.  Apr. 6 External Potentials  Quiz 8
14 Mon. Apr. 9 Grand Potential
Wed. Apr. 11 Noninteracting Fermions
Fri.  Apr. 13 Noninteracting Bosons. Quiz 9
15 Mon. Apr. 16 Thermodynamic Properties of Fermi Gas at High Temperature
Wed. Apr. 18 T = 0  Properties and Low T properties
Fri.  Apr. 20 Electronic Specific Heat - Fermi Gas Midterm Exam 3 (E2-E3)
16 Mon.  Apr. 23 Pauli Paramagnetism
Wed. Apr. 25 Bose Condensation Quiz 10