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__ COURSE TIME:__ TuTh 11:30 am -12:50 pm.

__ COURSE LOCATION:__ Physics-Geology 185.

__ INSTRUCTOR:__ Richard Scalettar

__ OFFICE:__ Physics-Geology 409.

__ OFFICE HOURS:__ Mo 1:00 - 2:00 pm; or by appointment.

__ PROBLEM SESSION:__ Tuesday 1:00 - 2:00 pm, Physics 416;
Attendence is * OPTIONAL *!

__ GRADING: __

5-6 Problems Sets, 60%, due Thursdays.

First Midterm Exam, Wednesday April 16, in class, 20%

Second Midterm Exam, Wednesday May 7, in class, 20%

NO Final Exam!

__ TEXT:__
These notes will be useful:

Dan Arovas' Stat Mech Notes

An Introduction to lattice gauge
theory and spin systems

__ GRADER:__ Shu-Ting Pi

__ OFFICE:__ Physics/Geology 406

__ OFFICE HOURS:__ Tuesday 2:00-3:00 pm.

(TENTATIVE) SYLLABUS:

Introduction to Classical Statistical Mechanics 1: The Canonical Ensemble

Introduction to Classical Statistical Mechanics 2: The Microcanonical Ensemble

Introduction to Classical Statistical Mechanics 3: The Grand Canonical Ensemble

Quantum Statistical Mechanics 1: Basics

Quantum Statistical Mechanics 2: Path Integrals

Relation between Quantum Statistical Mechanics in d-dimensions and Classical Statistical Mechanics in (d+1)-dimensions

Interactions 1: Tonks-Takahashi Gas

Interactions 2: The Ising Model, Second Order Phase Transitions

Interactions 3: The XY Model, Topological Phase Transitions

LECTURE NOTES

Canonical Ensemble 1

Microcanonical Ensemble 1

Microcanonical Ensemble 2

Ising Model and Phase Transition basics, transfer matrix

Ising Model: high T Expansion

Ising Model: low T Expansion, duality

Relation between Stat Mech and QFT (schematic)

Mean Field Theory 1

Correlation Functions and Phase Transitions

Discussion Section Notes

Ising, XY, Heisenberg oh my!

Special Lattices

Renormalization Group

Grand Canonical Ensemble 1

Grand Canonical Ensemble 2

Path Integrals 1

PROBLEM SETS AND SOLUTIONS

Problem Set 1

Problem Set 1 Solutions

Problem Set 2

Problem Set 2 Solutions

Midterm 1

Midterm 1 Solutions

Problem Set 3

Problem Set 3 Solutions

Problem Set 4

Problem Set 4 Solutions

Midterm 2

Midterm 2 Solutions

Problem Set 5

Problem Set 5 Solutions

Problem Set 6

Problem Set 6 Solutions