8.333 Statistical Mechanics I

Class Info

A two-term subject on statistical mechanics. Basic principles are examined in 8.333: 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. Topics from modern statistical mechanics are explored in 8.334: the hydrodynamic limit and classical field theories. Phase transitions and broken symmetries: universality, correlation functions, and scaling theory. The renormalization approach to collective phenomena. Dynamic critical behavior. Random systems.

This class has 8.044, and 8.05 as prerequisites.

8.333 will be offered this semester (Fall 2017). 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.

You can find more information at the 8.333 Information site or on the 8.333 Stellar site.

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