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PHY 418: Statistical Mechanics I
Prof. S. Teitel stte@pas.rochester.edu  Spring 2012
Course Information
Instructors: 
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Lectures: 
Mon. and Wed. 11:00 am  12:15 pm in B&L 270
In order to make up several lectures I will have to cancel, make up lectures will ocassionally be held Fri. 11:00 am  12:15 pm. Consult the calendar for specific dates. 
Textbooks: 
Recommended (not required):^{ }_{ }
Statistical Mechanics by R.K. Pathria and P.D. Beale
Thermodynamics and an Introduction to Thermostatistics, by H.B. Callen
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
Equilibrium Statistical Physics, 2nd edition, by M. Plischke and B. Bergersen

Examinations 
Midterm:  Friday, March 23, 10:30 am in BL 375 
Final:  Thursday, May 10, 8:30 am in B&L 270 
The exams will be closed book. The final exam will cover the entire course, but with an emphasis on material covered since the midterm. (Note  no cheat sheets allowed)

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% 


