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Statistical Physics II(2.0 credits)

Course Type:Basic Specialized Courses
Class Format:Lecture
Course Name : Fundamental and Applied Physics
Starts 1 : 3 Autumn Semester
Elective/Compulsory : Compulsory
Lecturer : John A. WOJDYLO Designated Professor 

•Course Purpose
This unit is the first half of a full-year course. After learning the mathematical structure of thermodynamics and why thermodynamics works ‒ with many examples of systems beyond the ideal gas -- students are introduced to
equilibrium statistical mechanics, which describes the equilibrium conditions of systems consisting of a large number of particles. Applications are considered in condensed matter physics, solid state physics, cosmology, chemistry,
materials science and biology. Problem-solving is an integral part of the course: students should attend fortnightly tutorials (Physics Tutorial III) where they will discuss many of the assignment questions and receive hints for
solutions. Weaker students are particularly encouraged to attend tutorials and submit assignments. This semester students are thoroughly prepared for quantum statistical mechanics in SP3 next semester. It is recommended that students take Quantum Mechanics II concurrently.

At the end of Statistical Physics III next semester students will be adequately prepared with regards to their knowledge of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics to undertake further studies in S-lab, R-lab, TB-lab, E-lab,
H-lab, QG-lab and other, including experimental, labs in both the Department of Physics and Department of Applied Physics, as well as chemistry and computational biology labs at Nagoya University. A knowledge of statistical
mechanics (quantum and classical) is essential for students interested in experimental physics, theoretical physics, chemistry and mathematical biology.

•Prerequisite Subjects
Quantum Mechanics II; Physics Tutorial III; Statistical Physics III (next semester). It is strongly advised that students concurrently enroll in Physics Tutorial III.

•Course Topics

1. Callen, H., Thermodynamics and an Introduction to Thermostatistics, 2nd ed.,Wiley, 1985. (The central textbook
in this course. Japanese translation has fewer typographical errors.)
2. Reif, F., Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics, McGraw-Hill, 1965.
Many copies of the textbooks are available in the G30 section of the Science Library.

•Additional Reading
1. Kittel, C., Elementary Statistical Physics, Dover, 2004. Highly recommended. Cheap to buy.
2. Kittel, C. and Kroemer, H., Thermal Physics, W.H. Freeman. (Try as alternative.)
3. Zemansky, M.W. and Dittman, R.H., Heat and Thermodynamics, An Intermediate Textbook, McGraw-Hill, 1992.
(Excellent for empirical basis of thermodynamics.)
4. Blundell, S. and Blundell, K., Concepts in Thermal Physics, 2nd Ed., Oxford University Press, 2010. (Elementary
explanations. Try this as an alternative. Many copies available in the library.)
5. Huang, K., Statistical Mechanics, Wiley. (Advanced reference.)
6. Landau, L.D. and Lifshitz, E.M., Statistical Physics, Part I, by E.M. Lifshitz and L.P.
Pitaevskii, Pergamon Press. (A classicbook: thorough, advanced treatment.)

•Grade Assessment
Attendance: 5%; Weekly quizzes or other written assessment: 30%; Midterm exam: 32.5%; Final Exam: 32.5%
The “Absent” grade is reserved for students who withdraw by November 16. Unless there are exceptional
circumstances, after that day, a letter grade will be awarded based on marks earned from all assessment during the semester.


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