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Statistical Physics -- Fall 2011

Instructor: Prof. Eric Braaten
office: M2038 Physics Research Building
phone: 688-4228 (office)
email: braaten(AT)mps.ohio-state.edu
office hours: MWF 2:00--3:00, or by appointment

Textbook: Schroeder, Introduction to Thermal Physics
Supplementary text: Baierlein, Thermal Physics (closed reserve at SEL)

Lectures: MWF 11:30--12:18 am, Derby Hall 80

Discussion: T 11:30--12:18 am, Smith Lab 1048

Problem sets will be assigned each week and will usually be due on Friday.
The assigned problems will be posted on the course home page. (This is the course info page).
The homework should be handed in at the beginning of class on the due date. (If you cannot come to class that day, slip the homework under the door of my office. Do not leave it at the Physics Department office.)
Late homework will not be accepted unless agreed upon by the instructor before the due date.
You are encouraged to work together to solve problems, but your solutions should be written up independently.

Quizzes: First 5 minutes of class on Wednesday. (Quizzes will be graded for extra credit.)

1st Midterm: Friday Oct 21, 11:30am, room TBA
2nd Midterm: Friday Nov 18, 11:30am, room TBA
Final: Thursday Dec 8, 11:30am, Derby Hall 80

Homework [30%]
1st Midterm exam [20%]
2nd Midterm exam [20%]
Final exam [30%]
Quizzes: extra credit [5%]

Grader: Shenglong Xu
office: 3024 Physics Research Building
email: xu.797(AT)osu.edu
phone: 614-247-7888
office hours: by appointment

Web Pages:
This page:    http://www.physics.ohio-state.edu/~braaten/statphys/621_info.html
Home page:  http://www.physics.ohio-state.edu/~braaten/statphys/621_home.html

Approximate Schedule

Chapter numbers refer to Schroeder's Introduction to Thermal Physics.

Week Chapter Topics Comments
Sept 21--23
1.1-1.3 Energy

Sept 26 -- Sept 30
1.4-1.6 Energy
Oct 78 2.1-2.3 Energy
Oct 12--16 2.4-2.6

Oct 19--23 3.1-3.2 Entropy 1st midterm: Friday
Oct 26--30 3.3-3.6 Interactions
Oct 31 -- Nov 4 4.1 Heat engines
Nov 7--9 4.2 Refrigerators no class Friday
Nov 14--18
5.1-5.2 Free energy 2nd midterm: Friday
Nov 21--23
5.3 Phase transitions no class Friday
Nov 28 -- Dec 2 6.1-6.3 Boltzmann statistics

Dec 8

Final exam

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