29::212 Statistical Mechanics Syllabus
Spring Semester 2008
- Professor Yannick Meurice
- Office:514 VAN
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Web page:http://www-hep.physics.uiowa.edu/~meurice/ or link
- Lectures: MWF 8:30 AM to 9:20 PM in Lecture Room 618 in Van
M: 9:30-10:30 AM, Tu 11:00AM-noon, W: 9:30-11:30AM . Feel
schedule appointments at other times.
- I. Sachs, S. Sen and J. Sexton, Sattistical Mechanics,
- M. Kardar, Statistical Physics of Particles, Cambridge,
There are also many good undergraduate textbooks that you
may consult (Mandl, Morse, Reif, Schroeder ...)
- K. Huang, Statistical Mechanics, Second edition, Wiley, 1987.
- E. Fermi, Thermodynamics, Dover, 1936.
- R. Pathria, Statistical Mechanics, Oxford, 1996.
- L. Landau and E. Lifshitz, Statistical Physics, Pergamon, 1980.
COURSE SPECIFIC INFORMATION
an introduction to statistical physics. It has three parts
and kinetic theory
mechanics (classical and quantum)
topics (numerical simulations, astrophysical applications,
non-relativistic field theory, crtical phenomena if time permits )
A reading assignment and a problem set will be provided every Wednesday
There will be a discussion of the problems each Monday.
Unless specified differently, homeworks are due on Wednesday before
noon (they can
be handed in class, dropped in
my mailbox or slid under my door ).
You are encouraged to discuss the problems with other students, but
what you write should reflect accurately what you understand. No late
(the two worse grades will be dropped from the homework average).
S=Sachs et al.; K=Kardar.
|S: 1 pp 1-22
|S: 1, problems 1 to 4
|S: 1 pp 23-34
|S:1 prob. 6, 10 and 13 + 2
problems given in class (due 2/6/08)
|Problem set given in class
|S:2 problems 1-5 . Due 2/22
|S2.6, S3.3, S3.5 + 2 problems
give in class. Due 3/3 noon.
|Review on 3/3 4:30 room 618;
Midterm on 3/5 usual time and rooom.
|S: 4 pr. 1, 2 and 3 due 3/14
|S: 7 141-156
|S: 4 pr. 4, S: 7 pr. 1 and 2 due
|S: 7 157 - 171
|S: 7 pr. 3, 4 , 5 , 6 and
7 due 4/7
|Problem set given in class (due
|Review; see also
notebook on Lane-Emden
|S:9 + JSnotes
|Midterm 4/23; Problem set
10 (given in class)
|K : 1 pp 1-16.
||K: 1 problems 1, 3 and 4. (some
solutions are given at the end of the book)
|K: 1 pp 17-30
|K: 1 prob. 4, 5, 6 and 8.
|K : 2
|5 an 6
|K: 4 1-4
|7 and 8
|K : 5
|9 and 10
|solved problems in these chapters
|11 and 12
AND FINAL GRADE
There will be two in-class exams during the semester and one final exam
during the exam week (to held on
12:00 P.M,.Thursday, May 15 2008 see http://www.registrar.uiowa.edu/exams/single.aspx
The first midterm will be on March 5..
All the exams are closed notes and closed books. The final exam is
The final grade will be calculated in the
following way: 30 points for the homeworks, 40 points for the in-class
and 30 points for the final exam.
Attendance at lectures is highly recommended but not required. You are
strongly encouraged to ask questions during the lectures.
There are no ``stupid questions''.
PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY MAIN OFFICE
FOR STUDENT COMPLAINTS
- A student who has a complaint related
to a Physics or Astronomy course should follow the procedures
summarized below. The full policy on student complaints is on-line in
the College's Student Academic Handbook http://www.clas.uiowa.edu/faculty/handbook/5/f.shtml
• Ordinarily, the student should attempt to resolve the matter with the
instructor first. If the complaint is not resolved to the student's
satisfaction, the student should go to the course supervisor (if the
instructor is a teaching assistant) or to Chair–
Professor Thomas F. Boggess (see above).
- If the matter remains unresolved, the
student may submit a written
complaint to the Associate Dean for Academic Programs, 120 Schaeffer
Hall (335-2633). The associate dean will attempt to resolve the
complaint and, if necessary, may convene a special committee to
recommend appropriate action. In any event, the associate dean will
respond to the student in writing regarding the disposition of the
complaint. For any complaint that cannot be resolved through the
mechanisms described above, please refer to the College’s Student
Academic Handbook for further information.
A student suspected of
plagiarism or cheating must inform the student in writing as soon as
possible after the incident has been observed or discovered. Instructors who detect cheating or plagiarism
may decide, in consultation with the departmental executive officer, to
reduce the student's grade on the assignment or the course, even to
assign an F. The instructor writes an account of the chronology of the
plagiarism or cheating incident for the DEO (Associate Chair), who
sends an endorsement of the written report of the case to the Associate
Dean for Academic Programs, CLAS.
A copy of the report will be
sent to the student.
The College guideline is that one semester
hour of credit is the equivalent of approximately three hours of work
(class time + out-of-class preparation) each week over the course of a
whole semester. In a typical lecture/discussion course, each hour of
class normally entails at least two hours of outside preparation for
the average student (e.g., in a three-credit-hour lecture course,
standard out-of-class preparation is six hours per week). This standard
is the basis on which the Registrar's Office assigns hours of
University credit for courses.
STUDENT RIGHTS AND
- The College's
Educational Policy Committee suggests that syllabi include a section on
student rights and responsibilities. They suggest the following:
- "All students
in the College have specific rights and responsibilities. You have the
right to adjudication of any complaints you have about classroom
activities or instructor actions. Information on these procedures is
available in the Schedule of Courses and on-line in the College's
Student Academic Handbook (http://www.clas.uiowa.edu/students/academic_handbook/).
You also have the right to expect a classroom environment that enables
you to learn, including modifications if you have a disability."
responsibilities to this class-and to your education as a whole-include
and participation. (Here an instructor could put specific information
on his/her or the department's attendance policy.) You are also
expected to be honest and honorable in your fulfillment of assignments
and in test-taking situations (the College's policy on plagiarism and
cheating is on-line in the College's Student Academic Handbook http://www.clas.uiowa.edu/students/academic_handbook/).
You have a responsibility to the rest of the class-and to the
instructor-to help create a classroom environment where all may learn.
At the most basic level, this means that you will respect the other
members of the class and the instructor, and treat them with the
courtesy you hope to receive in turn."
- This course is given by the College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences. This means that class policies on matters such as
requirements, grading, and sanctions for academic dishonesty are
governed by the College of Liberal Arts and
Students wishing to add or drop this course after the official deadline
must receive the approval of the Dean of the College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences . Details of the University policy of cross
enrollments may be found at: