Syllabus - PHYS 334 - Fall 2015
In bold are the topics that have already been covered.
9 Sep W > Introduction.
11 Sep F > Molecular Dynamics.
16 Sep W > Random walks.
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.
7 Oct W > Stochasic integrals.
9 Oct F > Microcanonical ensemble. Equipartition of energy. Ideal gas.
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.
6 Nov F > Canonical and Grand Canonical Ensembles.
Information - From Maxwell’s demon to Landauer’s eraser
11 Nov W > Midterm I
13 Nov W > Ising model. Phase transitions. Criticality.
18 Nov W > Ising model simulations.
20 Nov F >Liouville theorem. Ergodicity.
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
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