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### Statistical Physics I - PHYS 663 - Spring 2024

**2024-01-18**

*There is no class on January 16th due to the rescheduled PhD candidacy exam.*

**Instructor:**
Professor A. Glatz

**Office:** La Tourette Hall 217

**Office hours:**
Virtual by appointment (just send an email) - preferred.

Tue/Thu 12:15-13:00 in office

**Grading:**
Weighted according to 45% homework, 10% lecture attendence, and (20% midterm + 25% final) exam.
To pass this course, you MUST score at least 50% on the homework.

**Homework policies:**
Late penalty: 10% off for
each day late up to 5 days; 100% off for > 5 days. I prefer homework
papers to be turned in at the beginning of class on Tuesday, but they are considered on
time if turned in by 17:00 on the due date.
You can turn them in to my mailbox in the Physics main
office if I am not around. Homework papers should be written neatly (or typed),
single-sided on paper, and stapled.
**Electronic submission of (scanned) homework only with good justification.**
You are encouraged to consult with each other on the homework.
However, each of you must turn in only your own work. Do not turn in
anything that you have copied, or anything that you do not truly
understand.

**Exam policies:**
Exams will be closed book, but you may bring one page of
notes in your own original handwriting. Relevant formulas will be given with the problems.
No electronic devices are allowed.

**Midterm exam:** *March 19, 2024*, 11:00-12:15

**Final exam: ** *May 7, 2024*

**Suggestions:** It is very
strongly suggested that you do attend class and take notes. I will not strictly follow one textbook, but will provide lecture notes here (see below).
If you have problems with your homework or to understand some concepts,
please do come to my office for help. The best way to prepare for exams
is to study homework problems and the lecture notes.

See the also the**syllabus** for a list of topics to be covered in the course.

The introductory information slides can be found**here**.

**Homework**

**Literature**

see syllabus for textbooks.

The recommended textbook is the book by Huang, for a simpler description see the book by Reif.

additional online resources:

Class meetings:

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:00-12:15 in La Tourette Hall 202F, starting Tue/Thu 12:15-13:00 in office

See the also the

The introductory information slides can be found

due before class on | ||

Assignment 1 | PDF | 2024-01-30 |

Assignment 2 | PDF | 2024-02-15 |

Assignment 3 | PDF | 2024-02-29 |

Assignment 4 | PDF | 2024-03-19 |

Assignment 5 | PDF | 2024-04-09 |

Assignment 6 | PDF | 2024-04-25 |

see syllabus for textbooks.

The recommended textbook is the book by Huang, for a simpler description see the book by Reif.

additional online resources:

- lecture notes by Prof. T. Nattermann (University of Cologne, in german): local backup
- online course material by Prof. M. Kardar (MIT): dspace.mit.edu/
- lecture notes by Prof. Wei Cai (Stanford University): micro.stanford.edu/~caiwei/me334/
- Online course on Modern Physics: Statistical Mechanics by Prof. Leonard Susskind (Stanford University): youtube - lecture 1