Spring 2002

**Instructor**: Prof. J. Huang, Tel: 742-4780, e-mail: juyang.huang@ttu.edu

**Meeting**: MWF 10:00-10:50 in Holden
Hall 111

**Office Hours**: MWF11:00-11:50 and by appointment, Science
35

**Textbook**: "Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal
Physics" by F. Reif.

(McGraw-Hill,
1965)

Useful
reference: "Statistical Mechanics" by R. Kubo (North-Holland,

1965).
This book has many solved problems.

**Objective**: To learn the basics concepts and methods
of applying microscopic "classical" and "quantum"
statistics to physical systems, and how they are related to macroscopic
thermodynamic properties.

**Homework**: Problems will be assigned from the textbook
and other sources. These will be collected and graded. You may
also be asked to present your solution in class. Solving problems
and working through derivations is the primary method for leaning
statistical physics. You may discuss homework assignments with
your classmates, but you must turn in your own work.

**Examinations**: There will be a midterm and a comprehensive
final. The material and time will be announced in class.

**Grading Policy**: Homework 40%, midterm exam 30%, final
exam 30%

100-86:
**A
**85-72:

**Disability: **Any student who, because of a disabling
condition, may require some special arrangements in order to meet
course requirements, should contact the instructor as soon as
possible so that necessary accommodations can be made. Proper
documentation about the disability must be presented from the
Dean of Student's office.