Statistical Mechanics 3  Spring 2011
 Instructor: Prof. Eric Braaten
 office: M2038 Physics Research Building
phone: 6884228 (office)
email: braaten(AT)mps.ohiostate.edu
office hours: just stop by my office anytime to see if I am available, or make an appointment
 Textbook: Goldenfeld, Lectures on Phase Transitions and the Renormalization Group
 Lectures: Derby Hall 60 (1st hour) and 47 (2nd hour)

MW 10:30am12:18pm
 Problem sessions: on Friday (at a time and place to be arranged)
 Exams: None
 Homework:

Problem sets will be assigned each week and due at the beginning of class on Monday.
 The assigned problems will be posted on the course home page. (You are reading the course info page).
 You are encouraged to work together to solve problems, but your solutions should be written up independently.
 Grading:

The grading will be based completely on assigned homework problems from Goldenfeld.
The thresholds for A (and B) will be completing 50% (and 25%) of the parts (labelled a, b, ...) of the problems (labelled 1,2, ...) that are assigned.
 Web Pages:
 This page:
http://www.physics.ohiostate.edu/~braaten/statphys/848_info.html
 Home page:
http://www.physics.ohiostate.edu/~braaten/statphys/848_home.html
Chapter numbers refer to Goldengfeld's
Week 
Chapter 
Topics 
Comments 
March 28  April 1

1

Scaling


April 48

2

Phase Transitions


April 1115

3

Phase Transitions


April 1822

4

Critical Phenomena


April 2529

5

Landau Theory


May 26

6

LandauGinsburg Theory


May 913

7

Scaling Hypothesis


May 1620

8

Renormalization Group


May 2327

9

Renormalization Group


May 30  June 3

10

Renormalization Group


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