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**Probability and necessary mathematics:** Probability, distributions, counting, partial derivatives

**Basics of classical thermodynamics:** States, macroscopic vs. microscopic, "heat" and "work", energy, entropy, equilibrium, laws of thermodynamics

**More classical thermodynamics:**Equations of state, thermodynamic potentials, temperature, pressure,chemical potential, thermodynamic processes (engines, refrigerators),Maxwell relations, phase equilibria.

**Statistical mechanics - the formalism:**Counting states, ensembles (microcanonical, canonical, grandcanonical), the partition function and its applications, fluctuationsfrom equilibrium, equipartition.

**Magnetic systems:** Paramagnetism, ferromagnetism, adiabatic cooling, susceptibility and correlations, mean field theory, Ising model.

**Gases:** Classical ideal gas(Maxwell distribution), Bose gas (mode-counting, photons, phonons,BEC), Fermi gas (degeneracy pressure, heat capacity), van der Waals and"real" gases.

**Phase transitions:** Landau theory, scaling, renormalization, solution to 1D Ising

**Transport:** Diffusion, Brownian motion, Boltzmann equation.

**Special topics:** Arrow of time, fluctuation-dissipation theorem, nonequilibrium systems, granular media, the density matrix

**Organization**

Lectures T Th 1:00 - 2:20 PM

Homework (40%) Weekly problem sets

Term exam (30%)

Final exam (30%)

Text: F. Reif, *Statistical and Thermal Physics*

Posted solutions for problems

*All information is representative only, and is likely to change from year to year.*