PH635/715 (2021 Spring) Course Schedule



Month/Day Chapter Topics Exercises Homework HW Due
Jan. 19   Introduction
Jan. 21 1 What is statistical mechanics 1.11.21.3 1.4 1/28, 12pm
Jan. 26 2.1-2.4 Random walks and emergent properties 2.12.22.2(matlab)2.152.16 2.8 2/4, 12pm
Jan. 28
Feb. 2 3.1-3.3 Temperature and equilibrium (part I) 3.13.63.83.153.173.18 3.3 2/11, 12pm
Feb 4
Feb. 9 3.4-3.5 Temperature and equilibrium (part II) 3.11 2/18, 12pm
Feb. 11
Feb. 16 4.1-4.2 Phase-space dynamics and ergodicity 4.7, 4.8 4.5, 4.6 2/23, 12pm
Feb. 18
Feb. 23 5.1-5.2 Entropy (part I) 5.2,  5.3, 5.4, 5.7 5.1, 5.6 3/2, 12pm
Feb. 25
Mar. 2 5.3 Entropy (part II) 5.105.125.145.20 5.19 3/11, 12pm
Mar. 4
Mar. 9 6.1-6.2 Free energies (part I) 6.1, 6.4, 6.7, 6.18, 6.19 6.2, 6.3, 6.6 3/11, 12pm
Mar. 11
Mar. 11 Take-home mid-term exam begins (Due at 12pm on Mar. 18)
Mar. 16 UAB Wellness Day (no class)
Mar. 18 5.1-5.2 Free energies (part I) TBA
Mar. 23 6.3-6.5 Free energies (part II) 6.8, 6.9, 6.11 6.16, 6.17 4/1, 12pm
Mar. 25
Mar. 30 7.1-7.3 Quantum statistical mechanics (part I) TBA TBA 4/8, 12pm
Apr. 1
Apr. 6 7.4-7.5 Quantum statistical mechanics (part II) TBA TBA 4/15, 12pm
Apr. 8
Apr. 13 7.6-7.7 Quantum statistical mechanics (part III) TBA TBA 4/22, 12pm
Apr. 15
Apr. 20 8.1 The Ising model TBA TBA 4/27, 12pm
Apr. 22
Apr. 22 Take-home final exam begins (Due at 12pm on Apr. 29)

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