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PHY 418: Statistical Mechanics I
Prof. S. Teitel stte@pas.rochester.edu ---- Spring 2013

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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

Midterm:Friday, March 22, 10 am - noon in BL 269
Final:Thursday, May 9, 8:30 am in Gavet 310

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.
Midterm Exam:25%
Final Exam:35%