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Physics 418: Statistical Mechanics I
Prof. S. Teitel stte@pas.rochester.edu  Spring 2004
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Instructors:  See Contact Information 
Lectures:  Tues. and Thurs. 9:40  10:55 in B&L 405
In order to make up several lectures I will have to cancel, make up lectures will ocassionally be held on Fri. at 9:45  11:00 in B&L 372. Consult the calendar for specific dates.  Textbook:  Statistical Mechanics, 2nd edition
by R.K. Pathria
Also on reserve in the POA Library:^{ }_{ }
Statistical Mechanics, 2nd edition, by K. Huang
A Modern Course in Statistical Physics, 2nd edition, by L.E. Reichl
Statistical Physics, 3rd edition part 1, by L.D. Landau and E.M. Lifshitz
Thermodynamics and an Introduction to Thermostatistics, by H.B. Callen
Equilibrium Statistical Physics, 2nd edition, by M. Plischke and B. Bergersen

Examinations: 
Midterm:  Friday April 2, 9:30  11:30 am in B&L 208 
Final:  Thursday May 6, 4  7 pm in B&L 405 
The exams will be closed book, but you are allowed to bring a "cheat sheet". This must be a regular 8.5"x11" ruled piece of paper. You may write only one line of text per line of the page. For the midterm, you may write on one side only. For the final, you may write on both sides. The final exam will cover the entire course, but with an emphasis on material covered since the midterm.

Homework: 
Homework must be handed in on time in lecture. Late homework will be penalized at the discretion of the instructors. You are encouraged to discuss homework problems with your classmates, but you must write up your solutions on your own.

Grading: 
Homework:  40% 
Midterm Exam:  25% 
Final Exam:  35% 

