Statistical Physics
## PHY475: Statistical Physics, Spring 2011

Instructor: Miron Kaufman
OFFICE: SI-116, Email:m.kaufman@csuohio.edu

Class meets on: M and W 4:00-5:50PM in SI-147.
Prerequisites: PHY330 and PHY474.
Textbook: Callen: Thermodynamics and an Introduction to Thermostatistics; Kaufman Statistical Physics Computational Projects
Recomended Books: Schroeder An Introduction to Thermal Physics, Espinola Introduction to Thermophysics, Zemansky and Dittman Heat and Thermodynamics; Morse Thermal Physics; Reif Statistical and Thermal Physics, Huang Statistical Mechanics

### Tentative Schedule

- Week#1,2 Review of Thermodynamics Ch.12
- Week#3,4 Microcanonical Ensemble; Application: Einstein Crystal; Paramagnet (Two States) Model, Polymer Model Ch.15
- Week#5,6,7,8 Canonical Ensemble; Applications: Ideal Gas; Classical,Einstein and Debye Crystals; Paramagnet (Two States) Model; Blackbody Radiation Ch.16
- Week#9 Grand-Canonical Ensemble; Application: Ideal Gas Ch.17
- Week#10,11 Quantum Statistics: Fermi-Dirac statistics Application: free electron model of metals.
- Week#12,13 Quantum Statistics:Bose-Einstein Distribution Ch.18
- Week#14 Phase Transitions: Bose Condensation.
- Week#15 Phase Transitions:Ising Model of Ferromagnetism Ch.20

### Important Dates

- No class: M January 17, M February 21, M March 14, W March 16.
- Last day to withdraw from the course: F, April 1.

### Exams Schedule

- Exam #1 M, March 21
- Exam #2 M, May 9

### The final grade is a weighted average of:

- Exam #1 30%
- Exam #2 40%
- Homework, Quizzes 10%
- Computer Project 20%

Part of the course is a project in the computer lab of the Physics Department SI-117A. We will work nontrivial problems in Statistical Physics by using MathCAD on the following dates:
- W, January 26:

Computer lab #1: Tutorial, Gamma Function, and the Stirling Approximation

- W, February 9:

Computer lab #2b: Two-State Model, Negative Temperatures, and the Schottky Hump

Computer lab #2a: Magnetic Cooling

- W, February 23:

Computer lab #3: Einstein and Debye Solids

- W, March 9:

Computer lab #4: Blackbody Radiation

- W, March 23:

Computer lab #5: Electron Gas

- W, April 6:

Computer lab #6: Bose-Einstein Gas

- W, April 20

Computer lab #7: Ising Model

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