(Statistical Physics) Web Page, Spring,
Science Room 10
course is finished!! It will be taught again in Spring, 2012!
Some of these Physics
5305 pages are under construction!
Course Syllabus. Library Research Project Rules.
Calendar. Final Exam Schedule. Last Update, 5/13/2011.
- Instructor & Contact
of Physics, Office: Sc. Rm 18. Phone: 742-3768.
- Office Hours: Right after class plus 3pm-4pm MWF & by appointment. E-mail:
- A class email
distribution list will be developed & we can have
It is vital that I
have your correct
email address, that
you tell me if it changes, & that you check your email DAILY!! Here is an important email announcement!!
of Statistical &
Thermal Physics, by F. Reif.
- This book is REQUIRED!!
I use because it has nice
explanations of key concepts. Major portions of the course will use it.
- NOTE!! This book is old (first published in 1965)! The orginal publisher,
McGraw-Hill, stopped printing it. However, Waveland
Press publishes it now. It is
available on-line from
them Here. The Amazon page on it is Here. Topics will be discussed in
order as the book
table of contents, however, material from sources other than this
book may be used. An
on-line search finds both new & used copies & both
& paperback versions. A google search gets 13,400
hits (results are Here) with prices ranging from
$34 - $140!!
- I strongly
encourage you to shop & find
the best price for you! Given
the book cost, don't you think it
would be worthwhile
to READ IT???
- UndergradTextbook: Introduction
Statistical Mechanics &
Thermodynamics, by Keith R. Stowe. (John Wiley, 1984). Book
Topics & Objective
Topics: Selected sections from
Chapters 1-10 of Reif's book. Detailed
coverage is announced as we go.
- The Syllabus is
Here. PLEASE READ IT!!
details (discussions of
Exams, Homework, grading scheme) are found there.
- Objective: To introduce students to graduate level statistical &
thermal physics &
its applications &
- for students to learn the fundamentals of this
Resources & Hints
- A Document with links to Statistical
Physics web resources is Here. Hints: This course is
is partially because it is (in places)
& partially because it is
places) abstract. Unless you are a genius, the only way to
this course is by VERY
HARD WORK! This means devoting MANY
outside of class for every hour in class. It also means at least trying to work
every assigned problem!
- THIS IS
A GRADUATE COURSE! I expect you to come to
prepared, do the homework,
- READ the material BEFORE I lecture over
it, & keep up as we go along!
Level, Pre-Requisites, Objective & Topics
course is designed mainly for MS & PhD students in physics.
However, graduate students in other areas (math, engineering,
chemistry) sometimes take it and are always welcome. A knowledge of the mathematics
of probability & statistics is assumed! A knowledge of elementary
quantum mechanics is assumed. Some knowledge of the Hamiltonian Dynamics part of
Classical Dynamics would
also be helpful, but isn't essential. It would
helpful (but it isn't vital) to have had (at least) a senior level course
similar to our Physics
4302. This is a GRADUATE course!! The
text is at a
level somewhere between some undergraduate & some graduate
- I don't take roll &
I have no specific attendance policy. However, isn't it obvious that (unless you are a genius) class
attendance is required to
get a good grade (or to learn something!)?
attendance becomes a problem, I reserve the right to
institute brief daily quizzes, to be added into the homework grade.
- Important Announcements & Calendar Items
will be posted on the Announcements Page, linked below. Also below are
links to Pages where Lectures,
Homework Solutions, & Exams (+
solutions) will be
& Calendar Items
: Has announcements
& calendar items. Please check it often!
Homework Solutions, Exams & Solutions
Here to find
out how to
reduce the # of pages when
printing a Power Point file!
- Click Here to
find out how to get Power
Point, Word, & other
software for free or almost free!
STATEMENT: All lectures & exams are
copyrighted & owned by Charles W.
reproduction &/or use of any of these documents other than by
students in this
course is allowed!
- Lecture Page: Has
lectures in Power Point format. A goal this semester is to have
more of these posted!
Page: Has exams (Word
& solutions (.jpg
good strategy is to try
to solve old exams BEFORE looking
solutions. You CAN'T
LEARN PHYSICS by copying
New exams & solutions will be posted
(after the exam!). The exams are
this semester! This should be obvious since the old exams are freely
downloadable by students in this course.
homework assignments. Solutions (.jpg format) will
be posted shortly
after the due date.
- You are strongly
encouraged to form study groups to
work on homework together! This
is how physicists work in real situations! NO
people who had this
course previously is allowed! NO
of problem solutions posted in previous years is allowed! This is on
the honor system! It will do
you no good to merely copy old solutions! Copying solutions will NOT teach you physics! Problems
similar to the
ones have been known to appear on the PhD Qualifying Exam!!! I am also aware
that, on the web, there exist solutions to some or all of the problems
in our text. Just copying these (or even copying solutions from
previous years!) & handing them in as your own is CHEATING!! Anyone caught cheating will, at a minimum, receive
an “F” in
TTU has strict policies against cheating & severe penalties for it,
expulsion from the university. Cheating also
defeats the purpose of having you solve problems, which
is to help you LEARN physics.
As physics graduate students, you should by now
- the ONLY
physics is to DO
YOURSELF (or with
MANY, MANY PROBLEMS!!
Library Research paper & talk will be due at the end of the
semester. This will be
discussed in more detail
as the semester
Some rules about
this are Here. Some past Student Research Project Topics are Here.
- 1. Dr. Myles: Do you want to know more about him (education,
experience, research, personal, etc.)?
See his Homepage
- A page
about his Future
Teaching is Here.
- 2. For
news, go to Physics Central.
For news at a more advanced level, go to Focus News from the American
Physical Society. For some
Fun, click Here.
- 3. Check
out the Top
10 most influential people of the last 1000 years! (Link
borrowed from Dr. Tom Gibson!).
- 4. Physics
of 20th Century Women! Did you ever
wonder why there aren't more
women physicists? Actually,
a number of women made very
important contributions to many areas of
in the 1900's. Here is a website which discusses this in detail. In the 21st Century, women are now playing many prominent
roles in physics and the physics community. For example, the current Executive
Officer of the the American Physical Society (a huge organization of ~50,000 research physicists
world-wide!) is Dr.
Kate Kirby. Further, her predecessor was Dr.
Judy Franz. In addition, the most recent past President of APS was
Dr. Cherry Murray. An indication that women are currently and almost
always have been working at the forefront of research in the sciences
is the fact that many women have been awarded Nobel Prizes in the
sciences. So far, though, only two women have been Nobel Laureates
in Physics. .
The WORLD YEAR OF
PHYSICS 2005 marked 100 years
since Albert Einstein published 3 pioneering
Effect), which changed
physics forever & are considered the beginning of "modern"
physics! (He won the 1921
Nobel Prize for the Photoelectric Effect!). The United
Congress, & the governments & scientific
societies of many
countries have endorsed it. 2005 events will
highlight the vitality
& importance of physics & bring physics excitement to the
information, click the image on the left.
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