Physics 5305 (Statistical Physics), Spring, 2018
A Required Core Course for the MS & PhD in Physics!
Class Meets: 9:30-11:00AM, Tuesday AND Thursday, Science Room 123
Attention!! Many of these Statistical Physics pages are under construction!!
There may be more changes as the semester progresses!!!  
Course Syllabus.  Library Research Project Rules.
Spring, 2018 TTU Academic Calendar Final Exam Schedule. Last Update, 1/16/2018
  Lectures  Exams  Homework 
Old version of webpage for Physics 5305 from 2011
Webpage for Physics 4302 (Undergrad Statistical & Thermal Physics)
, Spring, 2017.

Instructor & Contact Information
Dr. Charles W. Myles, Professor of Physics. Office: Science Room 18.
Phone: 834-4563. E-mail:
Office Hours: Right after class, + 3:30 - 5pm MWF, + 1 - 2pm TR & by appointment.
Webpages: Departmental PagePersonal Page.     
An email distribution list will be developed. Here is an important email announcement!!
Please be sure that I have your correct email address and that you check your email often!

1. Primary Textbook: Statistical Mechanics, R.K. Pathria & P.D. Beale.
This book is REQUIRED! The 3rd Edition is preferred, but earlier editions are ok.
Published by the European Publisher Elsevier. It is available from them Here. It's Amazon page is Here. 
2. Recommended (Supplementary) Textbooks: 
A. Fundamentals of Statistical & Thermal Physics, by F. Reif. Published by Waveland Press. 
Available from them Here. It's Amazon page is Here.
B. Classical & Statistical Thermodynamics, by Ashley Carter. Published by Pearson. 
Available from them Here.  It's Amazon page is Here.

Syllabus, Course Topics & Objectives
TopicsA GOAL is to cover selected sections from at least Chs. 1-8 of Pathria & Beale's book. 
If there is time, some topics from later chapters might also be discussed. 
Detailed coverage will announced as we proceed.
The Syllabus is HerePLEASE READ IT!! 
Objectives: 1. To introduce students to graduate level statistical mechancs & its applications
2. For students to learn the fundamentals of this important topic.
3. To prepare students for the Statistical Mechanics portion of the PhD Prelim Exam.
4. This is a Required Core Course for Physics MS & PhD Students.
Help Resources & Hints
A Document with links to Statistical Physics web resources is Here.
NOTE:  This course is sometimes difficult for students. This is partially because it is (in places) mathematical & partially because it is (in pl abstract. Unless you are a genius, the only way to succeed in this course is by VERY HARD WORK! This means devoting MANY Hours outside of class for every hour in class. It also means at least trying to work every assigned problem!
I expect you to come to class prepared, do the homework,
READ the material BEFORE I lecture over it, & keep up as we go along! 
Physics Level, Pre-Requisites, Objective & Topics
The course is designed mainly for MS & PhD students in physics. Graduate students in other areas (math, engineering, chemistry) 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 Mechanics would be helpful, but isn't essential. It would be helpful (but isn't vital) to have had (at least) a senior level Statistical & Thermal course similar to our Physics 4302. This is a GRADUATECore Course!! The primary text is at the graduate level. The supplementatry texts are at a somewhat lower level.  My lectures may often consist of material that is from sources other than any of these texts.
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!)? If 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.
Please check it often!

Lectures, Homework Solutions, Exams & Solutions
COPYRIGHT: All lectures & exams are copyrighted & owned by C.W. Myles!
Lecture Page: Will have SOME lectures in Power Point (or PDF) format.
Some Lectures from my old Physics 5305 course are Here.
Some Lectures from my Physics 4302, course are Here.  
A goal is to have some lectures on new material posted right after we discuss the material in class!
 Exams Page: Will have exams (Word format) & solutions (PDF format).
Some Exams from my old Physics 5305 course are Here.
Some Exams from my Physics 4302, course are Here.
A good strategy is to try to solve old exams BEFORE looking at the solutions. You CAN'T LEARN PHYSICS by copying solutions!
Homework Page: Will have homework assignments. 
I'll try to post solutions shortly after the due date.
The ONLY way to learn physics is to DO PHYSICSYOURSELF 
More discussion of homework & of the advantages of collaboration on the problems is Here.

Student Research Projects
A Library Research paper & talk will be due at the end of the semester.
This will be discussed in more detail as the semester progresses.
Some rules about this are Here. Some past Student Research Project Topics are Here.

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