7310 Statistical Physics (Fall 2017)
http://www.physics.utah.edu/~rogachev/7310/7310_2017.htm
Lectures: Monday, Wednesday, WEB 1450, 11:5013:10 PM
Announcement:
Instructor: Andrey Rogachev, 306 JFB, Phone 5850792
rogachev@physics.utah.edu (when you send me an email please put “7310” in the subject line)
Office hours: Monday, 13:30 PM  2:30 PM official, any time after lecture or by appointment.
TA: TA office hour: Tuesday
Course web site: http://www.physics.utah.edu/~rogachev/7310/7310_2017.htm
Main textbook: Sethna, Statistical Mechanics: Entropy, Order Parameters, and Complexity
Material for this textbook is available at the website
http://pages.physics.cornell.edu/sethna/StatMech/
Alternative Main textbook: Kardar, Statistical Mechanics of Particles.
Homework is due on Wednesday before lecture.
If you are not attending the lecture put the homework in my department mailbox. [no late homework]
I will drop one homework assignment with the lowest score.
Some homework will have extracredit problems.
Midterms: If you are unable to attend a midterm let me know in advance.
Final test: Final test is mandatory for passing this course.
Grading:
Midterm tests (2): 20 points
each, Final test: 40 points
90 –100
Syllabus
(tentative)

Date 
Subject 
Reading 
Homework 
1 
08.21 M 
No class, sun eclipse 


2 
08.23 W 
Microstates, Fundamental assumption Probability theory, one and many Variables, L01 
Lecture notes 

3 
08.28 M 
Random walks, Binomial, Gaussian, Poisson,
Central Limit Theorem. L02 
Lecture notes 

4 
08.30 W 
Microcanonical ensemble, temperature, Pressure, chemical
potential L03 

09.04 M 
No lecture, Labor day 

5 
09.06 W 
Canonical ensemble L04 

6 
09.11 M 
Ideal Gas, Gibbs Paradox,
Gibbs Canonical ensemble 

7 
09.13 W 
Gibbs Canonical ensemble L05 
Lecture notes. You can also
read a chapter on ensemble in Sethna and Kardar, Both gives very good coverage. 

8 
09.18 M 
Entropic forces 
Lecture notes Kardar or Sethna on ensembles 

9 
09.20 W 
Grand canonical ensemble L06 
Lecture notes Kardar or Sethna on ensembles 

10 
09.25 M 
Review, Class problems 

11 
09.27 W 
Identical particles L07 
Lecture notes Sethna: 7.3 till
the end of Bose systems 
HW06,
,You will need to wait till Monday for material for Pr#4 HW06_S 
12 
10.02 M 
BE FD distributions, Photon
gas L08 
Sethna 7.37.6 

13 
10.04 W 
Magnons L08_3 (There are some math mistakes in the
note, which I can’t trace. To be corrected in future) Conceptually the notes
should be OK. 
HW07
(Problem on Magnons is
selfsufficient) 

10.08 M 
Fall break 

10.10 W 
Fall break 

14 
10.16 M 
BoseEinstein condensation.
Bosons’ “attraction” 
. 

15 
10.18 W 
FermiDirac distributions, Metals, Stars 

16 
10/23 M 

17 
10/25 W 
Midterm (Ensembles,
BE, FD distributions, Bose systems with ChemPot=0) 

18 
10/30 M 
Nonuniform systems.
ThomasFermi screening. Density functional theory Thermionic emission Other nonuniform system,
Stoner magnetism, Examples from spintronics (tentatively) .
Carriers in semiconductors 

19 
11/01 W 
Systems with interactions,
Phase transitions, Landau theory of PT. 

20 
11/06 M 
Ising Model. Phase transitions in magnetic systems. 

21 
11/08 W 
Nonequilibrium SM, Langevin equation 

22 
11/13 M 
Regression hypothesis. Time correlations, Power spectrum 

23 
11/15 W 
Midterm #2 (From Chem
Reaction to Phase transition) 

24 
11/20 M 
Linear response theory.
Generalized susceptibility 

25 
11/22 W 
Boltzmann kinetic equation 

26 
11/27 M 
Boltzmann Kinetic equation 

27 
11/29 W 
Quantum Statistical Mechanics Density matrix, Pure and Mixed states.
Time evolution. Von Neumann equation. 

28 
12/04 M 
Magnetic resonance, density
matrix –> Bloch equations 

29 
12/06 W 
Quantum SM continues,
Course summary 

30 
12/13 W 
Final 10:30 – 12:30 tentative 1 problem (MT01) 1 problem (MT02) 1 problem (nonequil) 1 problem (density matrix) 
Labor Day holiday Monday, September 3
Fall break Sun.Sun., October 714
Thanksgiving break Thurs.Fri., Nov. 2223
Final: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
8:00  10:00 am