Physics 540
Statistical Mechanics I
Spring 2002
Tuesday & Thursday, 11:20am12:40pm.
Physics P127
Instructor: Dr. Alexander (Sasha) Abanov,
Assistant Professor
Office: Physics B102
Office hours: Thursday 46pm or by appointment.
Phone: (631)6328174
Email:
alexandre.abanov@sunysb.edu
Web page:
http://felix.physics.sunysb.edu/~abanov/
Teaching Assistant: T. J. Walls
Office: Physics C119
Office hours: Wednesday 11am12:30pm or by appointment.
Phone: (631)6324077
Email:
twalls@grad.physics.sunysb.edu
Introduction
I will use the book by Landau and Lifshitz as a main textbook for
this course. In addition the book by Kubo et.al. is required. The latter
contains a lot of problems in statistical physics with solutions.
Solving problems is going to be a very important part of the
course.
The final grade for this course will be based on grades for
homeworks (70%) and on the grade for the final exam (30%).
Topics to be covered
Here is a list of topics I am planning to cover
in the course.
 Phase space and distribution function
 Gibbs distribution
 Thermodynamics
 Boltzmann, Fermi, and Bose ideal gases.
 Nonideal gases.
 Phase transitions.
 Fluctuations
Required Books
These books are required. They are
available from the University bookstore.

L.D. Landau, E.M. Lifshitz et al,
Statistical Physics,
3rd edition, ButterworthHeinemann, ISBN 0750633727.

R. Kubo et al, Statistical Mechanics,
12th repr. 1992 edition, Elsevier Science, ISBN 0444871039
Additional Books

F. Reif,
Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics,
1st edition, 1965, McGrawHill, ISBN 0070518009
Homeworks

Homework #1, due Tuesday, February 12, 2002
(PDF )

Homework #2, due Tuesday, February 19, 2002
(PDF )

Homework #3, due Tuesday, February 26, 2002
(PDF )

Homework #4, due Tuesday, March 5, 2002
(PDF )

Homework #5, due Tuesday, March 12, 2002
(PDF )

Homework #6, due Tuesday, March 19, 2002
(PDF )

Homework #7, due Tuesday, April 2, 2002
(PDF )

Homework #8, due Tuesday, April 9, 2002
(PDF )

Homework #9, due Tuesday, April 16, 2002
(PDF )

Homework #10, due Tuesday, April 23, 2002
(PDF )

Homework #11, due Tuesday, April 30, 2002
(PDF )

Homework #12, due Tuesday, May 7, 2002
(PDF )
Last updated May 8, 2002