Teaching

Graduate Statistical Mechanics, PHY1500

Lectures: Tuesday/Friday 10-11 am. TA office hour/tutorial: Thurs evening 5-6 pm. TA email: gunjanlakhlani@gmail.com.

Grading: HWs 60%, Endterm 40%

Problem Set submission:  5 pm of the day of deadline, 50% penalty after that and no submission accepted after the solutions are posted. You may consult with classmates in “study groups”, as long as you write out your own answers, and do not use solution-sets from previous years. Please take a look at http://www.artsci.utoronto.ca/osai for code for academic integrity.

Course structure

Thermodynamics (Lectures 1-4)
Probability (Lectures 5-6)
Kinetic theory (Lectures 7-11)
Classical stat mech (Lectures 12-14)
Interacting particles (Lectures 15-18)
QM stat mech (Lectures 19-21)
Ideal quantum gases (Lectures 22-24)

Books (on reserve in physics library):

Statistical Mechanics of Particle, Mehran Kardar (notes & vide0 lectures availed on ocw.mit.edu)                                                                                                                                     Statistical Mechanics, Jim Sethna (also available online on Jim Sethna’s website)

Course schedule

Mon Tue Weds Thurs Friday
    September    
  13 Lecture 1 14 15 16 Lecture 2
19 PS1 -out 20 Lecture 3 21 22 Thermo and PS1 review 23 Lecture 4
26 27 Lecture 5 28 PS1 -due 29 Probability review and Soln.1 30 Lecture 6
    October    
3 PS2 – out 4 Lecture 7

PS2 review

5 6 7 Lecture 8
10 Thanksgiving 11 Lecture 9 12 PS 2 – due 13 Kinetic Theory review and Soln.2 14 Lecture 10
17 PS 3 – out 18 Lecture 11 19 20 PS3 review 21 Lecture 12
24 25 Lecture 13 26 PS3 – due 27 Classical Stat Mech review and Soln.3 28 Lecture 14
31 PS4-out        
    November    
  1 Lecture 15 2 3 PS4 review 4 Lecture 16
7 Fall break 8 Fall break 9 PS4 – due 10 Interacting Particles review and Soln.4 11 Lecture 17
14 PS5 – out 15 Lecture 18 16 17 PS5 review 18 Lecture 19
21 22 Lecture 20 23 PS 5 24 QM stat review and Soln.5 25 Lecture 21
28 PS6 – out 29Lecture 22 30    Lecture 23
    December    
      1 PS6 review 2 Lecture 24
5 6 Lecture 25 7 PS6 – due 8 Final review 9 Final Exam