8.334 Statistical Mechanics II


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 8.333 as a prerequisite.

8.334 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by M. Kardar.

Lecture occurs 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in 4-237.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

You can find more information at the 8.334 Information site.

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