**Statistical Physics (P602), Fall 2017**

**Instructor:** Romain Vasseur, Assistant Professor

office: Hasbrouck 101

email: rvasseur[at]umass[dot]edu

office hours: by appointment and email, or visit my office

**Lectures: **MWF 9.05-9.55am, room: LGRT 1033

**TA:** Yong Du

email: yongdu@umass.edu

**Textbook: **Kardar, *Statistical Physics of Particles* (Cambridge University Press)

I also strongly recommend David Tong’s lecture notes: http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/tong/statphys.html

**Website:** https://blogs.umass.edu/rvasseur/teaching/. Course materials will also be made available on Moodle.

**Grading:**

The course grade will be based 35% on the homework, 30% on the midterm, and 35% on the final exam.

**Topics:**

- Introduction and probabilities
- The fundamentals of statistical mechanics
- Classical ideal gases
- Thermodynamics
- Quantum statistical mechanics (phonons, photons, diatomic gases)
- Ideal Bose and Fermi gases
- Interacting systems and phase transitions
- Dilute interacting gases and van der Waals equation
- Phase transitions (Ising model, mean field theory, critical exponents)
- Landau theory
- Renormalization group

- Numerical methods

**Lecture Notes:**

- Introduction
- The fundamentals of statistical mechanics
- Ideal classical gases
- Thermodynamics
- Quantum Statistical Mechanics
- Ideal Bose and Fermi gases
- Interacting systems and phase transitions
- Numerical Methods

Combined file (87 pages): P602_Combined

**Problem Sets:**

- Problem Set #1 (Due in class Friday, Sept. 15)
- Problem Set #2 (Due Monday, Sept. 25)
- Problem Set #3 (Due Wednesday, Oct 4)
- Problem Set #4 (Due Wednesday, Oct 11)
- Problem Set #5 (Due Wednesday, Oct 18)
- Problem Set #6 (Due Wednesday, Oct 25)
- Problem Set #7 (Due Wednesday, Nov 1)
- Problem Set #8 (Due Wednesday, Nov 8)
- Problem Set #9 (Due Wednesday, Nov 15)
- Problem Set #10 (Due Wednesday, Nov 29)
- Problem Set #11 (Due Wednesday, Dec 6)

**Exams:**

Solutions available on Moodle, or upon request by email.