8.333 Statistical Mechanics I


Class Info

First part of a two-subject sequence on statistical mechanics. Examines the laws of thermodynamics and the concepts of temperature, work, heat, and entropy. Postulates of classical statistical mechanics, microcanonical, canonical, and grand canonical distributions; applications to lattice vibrations, ideal gas, photon gas. Quantum statistical mechanics; Fermi and Bose systems. Interacting systems: cluster expansions, van der Waal's gas, and mean-field theory.

This class has 8.044, and 8.05 as prerequisites.

8.333 will be offered this semester (Fall 2018). It is instructed by M. Kardar.

Lecture occurs 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays in 4-163.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

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