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Syllabus - PHYS 334 - Spring 2012

Syllabus

In bold are the topics that have already been covered.

7 Feb > Introduction.

7 Feb > Random walks. Universality.

10 Feb > Diffusion equation. (class given by Dr. Hetényi)

14 Feb > Brownian motion. White noise. Langevin equation. Simulations with finite difference method.

17 Feb > Langevin equation with constant and harmonic force. Boltzmann potential.

17 Feb > Homeworks 1&2. (class given by Ms. Renklioğlu)

21 Feb > Stochastic differential equations. Wiener process. Itô integrals.

28 Feb > Modeling and different stochastic integrals. Simulations with spurious drift. Reconciliation with thermodynamics.

28 Feb > Microcanonical ensemble. Equipartition of energy.

2 Mar > Ideal gas. Definition of entropy, temperature, pressure and chemical potential.

6 Mar > Entropy as disorder.

6 Mar > Presentations. (class given by Ms. Renklioğlu)

9 Mar > Entropy as irreversibility. Thermal engines.

9 Mar > Entropy as ignorance. Shannon entropy. Communication channels.

13 Mar > Homeworks 3&4 (class given by Ms. Renklioğlu)

13 Mar > Presentations. (class given by Ms. Renklioğlu)

16 Mar > First Midterm Exam.

20 Mar > Canonical ensemble.

20 Mar > Grand canonical ensemble.

23 Mar > Ising model.

23 Mar > Homework 5 (class given by Ms. Renklioğlu)

27 Mar > Liouville theorem. Ergodicity.

30 Mar > Homeworks 6 (class given by Ms. Renklioğlu)

30 Mar > Presentations (class given by Ms. Renklioğlu)

3 Apr > Quantum harmonic oscillator. Particle in a box.

3 Apr > Bose and Fermi statistics.

6 Apr > Non-interacting bosons and fermions.

6 Apr > Homework 7 (class given by Ms. Renklioğlu)

10 Apr > Black-body radiation.

10 Apr > Bose Einstein Condensate. Fermi gas.

13 Apr > Quantum key distribution (BB84).

13 Apr > Optical manipulation and statistical physics.

17 Apr > Phase Transitions and Criticality. (class given by Ms. Renklioğlu)

17 Apr > Renormalization Group Transformation. (class given by Ms. Renklioğlu)

20 Apr > Second Midterm Exam.

24 Apr > Correlation functions. Onsager regression hypothesis.

27 Apr > Microscopic thermodynamics. Fluctuation-dissipation theorems.

4 May > Cellular automata. Game of Life.

8 May > Homework 8 (class given by Ms. Renklioğlu)

8 May > Presentations. (class given by Ms. Renklioğlu)

11 May > Homework 9 (class given by Ms. Renklioğlu)

11 May > Presentations. (class given by Ms. Renklioğlu)

15 May > Fractals.