8.333 Statistical Mechanics I: Statistical Mechanics of Particles

Fall 2007

Graphic of equilibrium in statistical mechanics.
Equilibrium in statistical mechanics: systems exchanging energy are most likely to have individual energies that maximize the overall number of states. (Image by Prof. Mehran Kardar.)

Course Description

Statistical Mechanics is a probabilistic approach to equilibrium properties of large numbers of degrees of freedom. In this two-semester course, basic principles are examined. Topics include: thermodynamics, probability theory, kinetic theory, classical statistical mechanics, interacting systems, quantum statistical mechanics, and identical particles.
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Staff

Instructor:
Prof. Mehran Kardar

Course Meeting Times

Lectures:
2 sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

Recitations:
1 session / week
1.5 hours / session

Level

Graduate

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