PHY 203 

Duke
Physics

Statistical MechanicsSpring 2002Class Time: MWF 10:3011:20
Statistical Mechanics is the physics of systems containing a large number of particles. The main subject is to connect macroscopic observable properties to microscopic properties of matter. The goals of this course are, first, to explain the foundations of statistical mechanics and, second, to work through most of the classic examples of statistical mechanics, as well as some current ones, so that the student develops familiarity and facility with the topic. At the end of the course, the student will be able to tackle the statistical mechanics questions that come up in all areas of experimental and theoretical physics and have a good foundation for further study in statistical physics should she so choose. The course is basically divided into 3 parts:
A more detailed syllabus can be found by following the link above. Textbooks:
In addition, there are four supplemental texts, which are on reserve at the library:
Unfortunately, the book by Pippard is out of print. However, there are is a copy on reserve at the library, and several other copies around, so hopefully this won't cause too much inconvenience. Also, perhaps used copies are available.
Last modified: 07Jan02 baranger@phy.duke.edu 
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