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Statistical Mechanics 3 -- Spring 2011

Instructor: Prof. Eric Braaten
office: M2038 Physics Research Building
phone: 688-4228 (office)
email: braaten(AT)mps.ohio-state.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 10:30am--12:18pm

Problem sessions: on Friday (at a time and place to be arranged)

Exams: None
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.

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.ohio-state.edu/~braaten/statphys/848_info.html

Home page:   http://www.physics.ohio-state.edu/~braaten/statphys/848_home.html

Approximate Schedule

Chapter numbers refer to Goldengfeld's

Week Chapter Topics Comments
March 28 -- April 1
1 Scaling

April 4--8
2 Phase Transitions
April 11--15 3 Phase Transitions
April 18--22 4
Critical Phenomena
April 25--29 5 Landau Theory
May 2--6 6 Landau-Ginsburg Theory
May 9--13 7 Scaling Hypothesis
May 16--20 8 Renormalization Group
May 23--27 9 Renormalization Group
May 30 -- June 3 10 Renormalization Group


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