PHY 418: Statistical Mechanics I
Prof. S. Teitel stte@pas.rochester.edu  Spring 2011
The Final Exam and Solutions are now posted on the Homework page. Your grade on the Final Exam is posted on the Blackboard system. If you wish to pick up your final, just stop by.
You may see your grade for the course by going to the registrar's webpage.
Have a nice summer!
Solutions to Problem Set 6 are now posted on the Homework page.
Notes for all lectures are posted on the Lecture Notes page. There is an additional lecture 29 that I did not present to the class, but which I post for those who might be interested. This lecture explains why fluctuations cause the predictions of the mean field theory for phase transitions to give wrong results for systems with spatial dimension lower than 4.
The FINAL EXAM will take place next week Thursday, May 5, from 8:30  11:30 am in BL 270. The exam will emphasize material since the midterm exam, but may include material from anywhere in the course. However there will NOT be any questions relating to phase transitions. The exam is closed book, closed notes, probably 4 questions.
Please take a few minutes to fill out the online course evaluation form which you can access from the registrar's webpage: http://www.rochester.edu/registrar/ I would greatly appreciate your doing so.
Notes through lecture 27 are now posted on the Lecture Notes page.
Note, lecture next Monday is canceled. I will also not be available on Tuesday next week for my usual office hours. If you need to ask any questions, please email me.
Our last lecture will be next Wednesday, April 27.
The online course evaluation form is now open and will stay available until May 9. I would greatly appreciate it if each of you would take a few minutes to fill out this evaluation. It is an important means by which I, as instructor, and the department more generally, can receive your feedback about the course. You may access the evaluation form by going to the registrar's webpage http://www.rochester.edu/registrar/ and clicking on the Course Evaluations link at the upper right of the page.
Solutions to Problem Set 5 are now posted on the Homework page.
Notes through lecture 25 are posted on the Lecture Notes page.
Problem Set 6, due Wednesday, April 27 in lecture, is now posted on the Homework page.
Remember, next week lecture is canceled on Wednesday April 20, but we will have a makeup lecture Thursday April 21, at 9:40 am in BL 375.
Notes through lecture 24 are now posted on the Lecture Notes page.
Notes through lecture 23 are now posted on the Lecture Notes page.
The Midterm Exam and Solutions are now posted on the Homework page.
Problem Set 5, due Monday, April 11, is now posted on the Homework page.
Notes through lecture 21 are posted on the Lecture Notes page.
Notes through lecture 19 are now posted on the Lecture Notes page.
Notes through lecture 18 are now posted on the Lecture Notes page.
Solutions to Problem Set 4 are now posted on the Homework page.
Notes through lecture 17 are posted on the Lecture Notes page.
Notes through lecture 16 are now posted on the Lecture Notes page.
There will be a makeup lecture this week Thursday, March 17, at 9:40  10:55 am in BL 372.
The MIDTERM EXAM will be next week Monday, March 21, during the usual lecture period, 11:00  12:15. The exam consists of two problems, each with three parts. The exam covers all material through the end of lecture 14, i.e. everything up to but not including quantum statistical ensembles.
Notes through lecture 15 are now posted on the Lecture Notes page.
No classes next week! Spring break!
The week after spring break we will have a makeup lecture on Thursday, March 17, from 9:40  10:55 am. Room to be announced. There will be another make up lecture on Thursday March 31, same time.
Notes through lecture 14 are now posted on the Lecture Notes page.
Note, I have added a new part (d) to problem 1 in Problem Set 4, and increased the value of that problem to 15 points.
Problem Set 4, due Wednesday, March 16, is now posted on the Homework page.
Note, you can start to work on problem 3 of this set, even though we have not yet done in lecture the derivation of the second equation in part (e)  we will get to that next week.
You MUST turn Problem Set 4 in on time so that I can post the solutions in time for you to study from them for the midterm exam the following week. Anyone who thinks they cannot get the set in on time must contact me as soon as possible.
Solutions to Problem Set 3 are posted on the Homework page.
Notes through lecture 13 are posted on the Lecture Notes page.
The MIDTERM EXAM will be Monday, March 21, in lecture. Further details later.
Notes through lecture 12 are posted on the Lecture Notes page.
Solutions to Problem Set 2 are now posted on the Homework page.
Notes through lecture 11 are posted on the Lecture Notes page.
Problem Set 3, due Monday February 21, is now posted on the Homework page.
Notes through lecture 9 are now posted on the Lecture Notes page.
Solutions to Problem Set 1 are now posted on the Homework page.
Notes through lecture 8 are now posted on the Lecture Notes page.
A new Problem Set 2, due next Wednesday, February 9, is now posted on the Homework page.
Notes through lecture 7 are now posted on the Lecture Notes page.
Notes through lecture 6 are now posted on the Lecture Notes page.
Notes for lecture 5 are now posted on the Lecture Notes page. Also posted are supplemental notes on heat engines.
Problem Set 1, due Wednesday February 2 in lecture, is now posted on the Homework page.
Notes through lecture 4 are now posted on the Lecture Notes page.
Notes for lecture 3 are now posted on the Lecture Notes page.
Notes through lecture 2 are now posted on the Lecture Notes page.
Additional lecture this Friday at 1 pm in BL 270.
Notes for the first lecture are now posted on the Lecture Notes page.
There will be a (in advance) makeup lecture next week Friday, Jan 21, at 1 pm in BL 270.
Welcome to Statistical Mechnics I!
For those who are anxious to read ahead, you can find lecture notes amd problem sets from previous years of the course at:
http://www.pas.rochester.edu/~stte/phy418S07
http://www.pas.rochester.edu/~stte/phy418S06
