Please read the low temperature part (starting at the paragraph that contains equation (7.170) to the end) of chapter 7.H.2 in the textbook. When you are done, fill out the questionnaire. The deadline for this assignment is Thursday 3/4 at 3:59am, i.e., you would be well served to finish it by Wednesday evening. You will not be graded on which answers you give but you are required to fill out the form.
Prof. Ralf Bundschuh

Grader: Jongjoo Kim

Classes:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30am12:18pm 
Location:  Smith Lab 2186 
Web page:  http://cannoli.mps.ohiostate.edu/phy847 
First class:  Tuesday, January 6 
Midterm exam:  Tuesday, February 10, 10:30am12:18pm 
Last class:  Thursday, March 13 
Final exam:  Tuesday, March 16, 9:30am11:18am 
Credit hours:  4 
Prerequisites:  846 (statistical physics I) or equivalent 
Here, problem sets and their solutions will be posted as the quarter goes along.
Here, you can find the lecture notes as the class progresses. Beware, these are scanned from my handwritten notes and thus rather large files.
The grades were distributed as follows:

This class will continue the overview over thermodynamics and statistical physics. At the end of this quarter we will have explored the phenomenology of systems with a large number of particles and what methods exist to deal with this large number of degrees of freedom. We will be able to make very general statements on any such system as well as to analyze specific models.
The winter quarter will cover the following topics:
Linda Reichl, A Modern Course in Statistical Physics, ISBN 0471595209
Don't be afraid about the size of the book. We will cover only selected chapters in class. Specifically, we will concentrate on the main section of chapter 7. We will also look at the density operator defined in chapter 6. At times, we will deviate from the textbook. However, the chapters and sections which we will not be able to cover make for a good reference on thermodynamics and statistical physics.
If you do not like the textbook or if you are just interested in reading things from a different point of view, you may want to look at the following textbooks. A long list of statistical mechanics graduate textbooks is also available at http://stp.clarku.edu/grad_texts.html.
The grade for this class is determined by a weighted average of the weekly problem sets, the midterm exam and the final exam. There will be no curve grading and I hope that everybody will get an A. The final grades will be determined according to the following scheme:
percentage  grade 
90%100%  A 
80%90%  A 
70%80%  B+ 
60%70%  B 
50%60%  B 
40%50%  C+ 
30%40%  C 
20%30%  C 
10%20%  D 
0%10%  E 
Problem sets will be handed out every Tuesday starting on January 6. The problem sets will also be available on the course web page. The problem sets are due the following Tuesday. Students who cannot attend class are requested to give their solutions to a fellow student or deposit them in my mailbox in the physics business office on the same day. If you have a good reason for not being able to complete your homework by the due date please contact me for approval of an extension and exclusively put it into my mailbox by the approved extended deadline. In the interest of protecting the grader from extra work due to homework trickeling in late unapproved late homework will not be accepted.
The solutions of the problem sets will be discussed during the second half of each Tuesday's class, i.e., 11:30am12:18pm. Due to the midterm the fifth problem set will be discussed in the second half of the class on Thursday 2/12. The eigth problem set will be discussed in the first half of the class on Tuesday 3/9. Every student will have to present the solution to one problem on the board during the term. The problems will be assigned to the students in advance and the students about to present a problem are required to meet with me prior to the problem session to prepare their presentation.
You are strongly encouraged to discuss about the problem sets (and any other aspect of the class) with your fellow students. Group solutions to problem sets by two people working together are accepted. However, the solutions have to be handwritten by both students, either alternating weekly or within one week's solutions. Typed solutions will not be accepted.
The midterm exam will take place on Tuesday, February 10, 10:30am12:18am during class. Students which have any problem with the date of the exam are asked to contact me as soon as possible. It will contain several problems which will be related to the problem sets up to the one due on February 3 (set number 4) and to the lectures up to the class on February 5. There will be one problem asking for conceptual understanding and knowledge of basic definitions. It will be a closed book exam.
The final exam will take place on Tuesday, March 16, 9:30am11:18am. Students which have any problem with the date of the exam are asked to contact me as soon as possible.
The exam will contain several problems which will have a close resemblance to the problem sets of the full quarter with a strong emphasis on the second half of the quarter. There will be one problem asking for conceptual understanding and knowledge of basic definitions. It will be a closed book exam.
From time to time reading assignments of sections of the textbook will be given. These reading assignments will be announced on top of the course web page as well as in class. On days on which reading assignments are discussed in class you have to answer some questions about the reading on the web by 3:59am the day of class. Your answers will not be graded; the only requirement is that you do take the questionnaires. However, since the answers to these questions will help focus the discussion during the class to those issues you had difficulties with during your reading, it is in your owm interest to answer these questions as honestly as possible. It is also not implausible that some of these questions might reappear on the exams. In order to get a passing grade you are not allowed more than two missed reading assignment questionnaires. If you missed more than two reading assignments during the quarter, you will have to schedule an oral examination on the missed assignments with me before obtaining a passing grade.
Attendance during the lectures is not required. However, the problem sets will be closely related to the contents of the class and it is every students responsibility to keep up with announcements, etc., made in class if not present.
Students with any special needs are asked to inform me at their earliest convenience.