8.08 Statistical Physics II

Class Info

Probability distributions for classical and quantum systems. Microcanonical, canonical, and grand canonical partition-functions and associated thermodynamic potentials. Conditions of thermodynamic equilibrium for homogenous and heterogenous systems. Applications: non-interacting Bose and Fermi gases; mean field theories for real gases, binary mixtures, magnetic systems, polymer solutions; phase and reaction equilibria, critical phenomena. Fluctuations, correlation functions and susceptibilities, and Kubo formulae. Evolution of distribution functions: Boltzmann and Smoluchowski equations.

This class has 8.044, and 8.05 as prerequisites.

8.08 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by L. Fu.

Lecture occurs 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM on Wednesdays and Fridays in 26-322.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

You can find more information at the MIT + 8.08 - Google Search site or on the 8.08 Stellar site.

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