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 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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