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PHY 418: Statistical Mechanics I
Prof. S. Teitel stte@pas.rochester.edu ---- Spring 2018

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Lectures: Mon. and Wed. 12:30 - 1:45 pm in Morey 501

In order to make up several lectures I will have to cancel, make up lectures will ocassionally be held Fri. 12:30 - 1:45 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 in a Nutshell, by L. Peliti
Statistical Physics of Particles, by M. Kardar
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
Statistical Mechanics, 2nd edition, by K. Huang
A Modern Course in Statistical Physics, 4th edition, by L.E. Reichl

Midterm:Friday, March 23, 12:30 - 2:00 pm in Meliora 221
Final:Monday, May 7, 8:30 - 11:30 am in Morey 501

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 instructor. All homework must be handed in, even if too late to receive credit, for you to receive a grade in the course. Any request for an extension on the homework should be made by email before the due date of the assignment
Academic Honesty: You are encouraged to discuss homework problems with your classmates and to work together, but you must write up your solutions on your own. Direct copying of a classmate's work, or copying from solutions obtained elsewhere, will be regarded as a violation of academic honesty.
Midterm Exam:25%
Final Exam:35%