Physics 7225
Statistical Mechanics
Spring 2023
J. A. Sauls
Reading:
4/27/2023:
Statistical Mechanics  Pathria & Beale, Ch. 12.9 
Landau Theory of Phase Transitions
4/14/2023:
Statistical Mechanics  Pathria & Beale, Ch. 11.1 
Interacting Bose systems: The method of quantized fields, Sections
11.1 (Second Quantization), 11.2 (Inhomogeneous BECs, Cold Atoms)
4/05/2023:
Statistical Mechanics  Pathria & Beale, Ch 8.2 (Pauli paramagnetism), 8.3 (Electron gas in Metals) and 8.4 UltraCold Atomic Gases (Fermi), 8.5 Stability of White Dwarfs and 8.6 ThomasFermi theory of atoms.
2/25/2023:
Statistical Mechanics  Pathria & Beale, 8.1  Thermodynamics of the Ideal Fermi Gas
2/16/2023:
Notes on Quantization of the Harmonic Oscillator
2/16/2023:
Statistical Mechanics  Pathria & Beale, 7.1  Ideal BoseEinstein Gas
2/12/2023:
Statistical Mechanics  Pathria & Beale, 7.2  Blackbody Radiation
2/10/2023:
Statistical Mechanics  Pathria & Beale, Ch. 3.7
1/17/2023:
Statistical Mechanics  Pathria & Beale, Ch. 1
1/17/2023:
Getting the Most out of Lecture Courses
Problems and Exercises:
1/20/2023: Problem  Set 1  Due 5pm January 28, 2023

Solution  Problem 1.1

Solution  Problem 1.2
2/11/2023: Problem  Set 2  Due 11:59 pm February 20, 2023

Solution  Problem 2.1

Solution  Problem 2.2

Solution  Problem 2.3
4/07/2023: Problem  Set 3  Due 11:59 pm April 15, 2023

Solutions to Set 3 are in the Lecture notes on thermodynamics of Bose and Fermi Gases
5/03/2023: Problem  Set 4  Due 11:59 pm May 12, 2023

Solution to Set 4
5/09/2023: Final Set  Due 11:59 pm May 9, 2023

Solutions to the Final Set