PH432/5322F Statistical Thermodynamics I (Spring, 2012) Course Information
Course Description:
Through this course students will learn equilibrium thermodynamics, equilibrium statistical mechanics, and Brownian motion/Diffusion processes. Applications include solid state physics, biophysics, chemical reactions, and other selected topics. Various mathematical methods such as line integrals, partial differentials, and probability theory are used throughout the course. Computational tools such as Maple are also used during the course.
Prerequisites: PH352 Modern Physics II
Learning Objectives:
 Equilibrium Thermodynamics
 State variables and equation of state
 Entropy
 Laws of thermodynamics
 Thermodynamics Potentials
 Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics
 Microcanonical ensemble
 Canonical ensemble
 Grandcanonical ensemble
 Brownian motion and diffusion
 Random walk
 Langevin equation
 FokkerPlanck equation
Day and Time: 
Tue. & Thu. 3:30PM4:45PM 
Room: 
CH 394 (Computer Lab) 
Instructor: 
Dr. Ryoichi Kawai 
email: 
kawai@uab.edu 
phone: 
(205) 9343931 
Office Hour: 
Wed. 12:301:30pm

Course Website: 
http://kawai.phy.uab.edu/courses/ph432 
Course Schedule
Homework Assignment
Suggested Reading

Required
Textbook 

S. J. Blundell and K. M. Blundell:
Concepts in Thermal Physics
2nd edition
Oxford University Press (2010)
ISBN13: 9780199562107 

Messages from the Instructor
Homework
Several homework problems will be given every week. Homework must be
turned in electronically by email. Allowed formats are LaTeX
source, LaTeX dvi, Acorbat PDF, Maple Worksheet, Maple Document,
Mathematica Document. (Hand written documents must be scanned in
high resolution (300 DPI) with sufficient contrast and saved in PDF.)
Exams
Two midterm exams and a final comprehensive exam will be given.
Students must take all three exams. Makeup exam is granted only when a
reasonable excuse is presented.
Grading
Exams and assignments carry the following maximum possible points.
Midterm exams (20 pts. each), Final exam (40 pts.), Homework and other
assignments (20 pts.). The total maximum possible points is 100. Letter
grades are determined by the rule given in the table. 
Grade 
Total Score 
A 
85 or above 
B 
75 or above 
C 
60 or above 
D^{*} 
50 or above 
F 
Otherwise 
* Only for PH432 students. 
