The Final Exam and its solutions are now posted on the Homework page.
Have a nice summer!
All lecture notes and problem set solutions are now posted.
There is lots of neat stuff on phase transitions we did not have time
to go over. If anyone is interested, you can find the notes from the
course website of Spring 2002: http://www.pas.rochester.edu/~stte/phy418S02/
I'd be happy to discuss these notes with anyone interested.
The Final Exam is Thursday May 5, 4  7 pm, in BL 315. It is a
closed book, no notes exam. It will probably consist of
three questions, two from the material since the midterm, and one from
anywhere. But of course, since the course builds upon itself, problems from
the second half depend on your understanding the material of the first half!
In general I will be around in my office next week, except for Wednesday
after 2pm and Thursday 13pm. Please feel free to stop by if you have questions  just knock
if the door is closed.
Solutions to Problem Set 8 are now posted on the Homework page.
Wednesday, April 20, 2005 
Course evaluation forms will be passed out in lecture on Tuesday, April 26.
Please come to give your feedback on the course.
Wednesday, April 13, 2005 
Problem Set 8 (the last!) due Tuesday, April 26, in lecture, is now posted on the Homework page. Solutions to Problem Set 7 should get posted tomorrow.
Notes through lecture 26 are posted on the Lecture Notes page.
Remember, lectures are canceled next week.
Problem Set 7, due Thursday April 14 in lecture, is now posted on the Homework page.
Solutions to Problem Set 6 are posted on the Homework page.
Notes through lecture 24 are posted on the Lecture Notes page.
Problem Set 6, due Thursday, April 7, in lecture is now posted on the Homework page.
Notes through lecture 20 are posted on the Lecture Notes page.
Remember, make up lecture tomorrow (Friday) at 9:45 in BL 108A.
Wednesday, March 23, 2005 
Problem Set 5, due Thursday, March 31, in lecture is now posted on the Homework page.
Notes throught lecture 18 are posted on the Lecture Notes page.
Make up lectures have been scheduled for Fridays, April 1 and April 8,
9:45  11:00 am in BL 108A
The Midterm Exam and Solutions are now posted on the Homework page.
Notes through lecture 17 are posted on the Lecture Notes page.
Solutions to Problem Set 4 are now posted on the Homework page.
Note: There is an error in the posted solution to the last problem. In part 3(e) the solutions say
n_{i}=V/N_{i} is the density, when really it should be
n_{i}=N_{i}/V. The result is that the K given at the end of 3(e) is
really 1/K, and this error propagates to the result for K given in 3(f).
Notes through lecture 16 are posted on the Lecture Notes page.
Remember, the Midterm Exam is this Friday, March 18, 9:4511:45 am, in
BL 407. It is a closed book, no notes, exam that covers everything up to the
start of quantum ensembles.
I regret that I will not be in my office today until around 4:30pm.
Feel free to come by and see me then if you have questions with
the homework. I will also try to check my email before then.
Sorry for the short notice.
Problem Set 4, due Tuesday March 15 in lecture, has been posted on the Homework page. It is a long problem set, but I hope that doing it will help give you practice for the midterm exam on March 18.
Solutions to Problem Set 3 have been posted on the Homework page.
Notes through lecture 14 are posted on the Lecture Notes page.
Friday, February 25, 2005 
The Midterm Exam has been scheduled for the week after spring break, Friday, March 18, from 9:45  11:45 am, in B&L 407. The exam will cover all material up to the start of quantum ensembles, i.e. all material through lecture 14. This will be a closed book, no notes, exam.
Notes through lecture 13 are now posted on the Lecture Notes page.
Monday, February 21, 2005 
Problem Set 3, due Tuesday, March 1, in lecture, is now posted on the Homework page.
Solutions to Problem Set 2 are posted on the Homework page.
Notes through lecture 10 are posted on the Lecture Notes page.
Since no one said they could not make it, the make up lecture has been scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, February 22, immediately following the regular lecture.
Wednesday, February 16, 2005 
I am giving the class an extension on Problem Set 2.
You may now have until noon on Friday to complete it.
Put your homework in my mail box outside the physics
department main office.
I also regret that I will not be in today (Wednesday). I should be in
tomorrow, in case there are any questions.
Sunday, February 13, 2005 
Problem Set 2, due this Thursday in lecture, is now posted on the Homework page.
This is a relatively short problem set.
Solutions to Problem Set 1 are posted on the Homework page.
Notes though lecture 9 are posted on the Lecture Notes page.
I regret that I will not be able to have office hours this Monday (tomorrow).
Please feel free to email me, or see me any other time, if you have questions.
Thursday, February 3, 2005 
Note: there will be a makeup lecture given Friday next week, February 11, from 9:45  11:00 in B&L 108A.
Notes for lectures 4 and 5 are now posted on the Lecture Notes page.
Thursday, January 27, 2005 
Problem Set 1, due Tuesday, February 8 in lecture, has been posted on the
Homework page.
Notes for lectures 1 to 3 have been posted on the Lecture Notes page.
Welcome to Physics 418, Statistical Mechanics I!
Note: The first lecture of the course will take place
Tuesday, January 18.
You can find all lecture notes, homeworks, and exams (but not solutions) for the course as it was given the last two times I taught it at:
Spring 2002: http://www.pas.rochester.edu/~stte/phy418S02/
Spring 2004: http://www.pas.rochester.edu/~stte/phy418S04/


