8.333 Statistical Mechanics I
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.
8.333 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Fall semester, and will be instructed by M. Kardar.
This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This is a graduate-level class.
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