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Syllabus - PHYS 334 - Fall 2015

Syllabus

In bold are the topics that have already been covered.

9 Sep W > Introduction.


Chapter 1

11 Sep F > Molecular Dynamics.




16 Sep W > Random walks.


Chapter 2


18 Sep F > Brownian motion. Einstein theory. Langevin theory.

30 Sep W > Ornstein-Uhlenbeck theory. Brownian dynamics simulations. Brownian motion in a force field.

Simulation of a Brownian particle in an optical trap



2 Oct F > Potential. Brownian motion as a model system for statistical physics.

codes 3

article ropp

7 Oct W > Stochasic integrals.

9 Oct F > Microcanonical ensemble. Equipartition of energy. Ideal gas.

Chapter 3

14 Oct W > --

16 Oct F > --

21 Oct W > Definition of entropy, temperature, pressure and chemical potential.

21 Oct W > Presentations 1: Groups A, B, C D, E, F

23 Oct F > --

30 Oct F > --

4 Nov W > Entropy as disorder, irreversibility and ignorance. Shannon information theory. Thermal engines.

Chapter 5

6 Nov F > Canonical and Grand Canonical Ensembles.

Information - From Maxwell’s demon to Landauer’s eraser

Chapter 6

11 Nov W > Midterm I

Chapter 8

13 Nov W > Ising model. Phase transitions. Criticality.

18 Nov W > Ising model simulations.

Chapter 4

20 Nov F >Liouville theorem. Ergodicity.

Chapter 7

25 Nov F > Quantum harmonic oscillator. Particle in a box.

27 Nov W > --

2 Dec W > --

3 Dec T > Presentations 2: Groups A, B, C, D, E, F

4 Dec F > Non-interacting bosons and fermions.

9 Dec W >Midterm II

Chapter 10

11 Dec F > Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac Statistics.

16 Dec W > Black-body radiation.

18 Dec F > Bose Einstein Condensate. Fermi gas.

23 Dec W > Quantum cryptography. From geometry to calculus to numerics.

23 Dec W > Presentations 3: Groups A, B, C, D, E, F