PH715 (2018 Spring) Course Schedule

This is only a tentative schedule. If any change should happen, this page will be updated accordingly.
Date CH Topics Notes Homework
Preliminary
Jan. 09 What is Statistical Mechanics? Overview
Jan. 11 note Probability Theory I
Jan. 16 Canceled due to bad weather
Jan. 18 Probability Theory II mpy nb 1/26,5pm
Jan. 23 2.1 Quantum Mechanics: Density Operator and Liouville-von Neumann Equation
Jan. 25 2.2-2.3 Classical Mechanics: Phase density, Liouville Equation, Statistical Entropy  
Equilibrium
Jan. 30 2.4-2.5 Completely Isolated Systems: Microcanonical Systems
Feb. 1 3.1-3.2 Closed Systems: Canonical ensemble
Feb. 6 3.5-3.6 Open Systems: Grand canonical ensembles
Feb. 8 7.1-7.2 Monte Carlo simulation I  
Feb.13 3.8 Applications
Feb. 13 1-11 Take Home Exam I: Due Feb. 18, 5:00pm
Critical Phenomena
Feb. 15 4.1-4.2 Ising Model
Feb. 22 4.3 Landau Theory
Feb. 24 4.4-4.5 Renormalization Group
Feb. 28 7.3, 7.6 Computer Simulation and Finite Size Scaling
Mar. 1 4.6 Applications  
Mar. 6 12-16 Take Home Exam II: Due Mar. 11, 5:00pm
Non-Equilibrium
Mar. 6 2.6, 6.1 Irreversal Processes
Mar. 8 Boltzmand-Master equation
Mar. 13   Spring Break    
Mar. 15  
Mar. 20 9.1-9.2 Linear Response Theory and Fluctuation Dissipation Theorem
Mar. 22 9.3 Random Walk and Wiener Processes
Mar. 27 9.4 Langevin Equation
Mar. 29 9.5 Fokker-Plank Equation
Apr. 3 9.6 Monte Carlo Simulation:
Apr. 5 9.7 Applications
Modern Statistical Mechanics
Apr. 10 Fuctuation Theorem and Jarzyinski Equality
Apr. 12 Information and Maxwell Demon ref
Apr. 17 Open Quantum Systems
Apr. 19 The Origin of Statistical Mechanics  
Apr. 25 Project Report due at 5pm  

note: lecture note
ref: reference
m: matlab code
py: python code
nb: mathematica notebook