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PHYS 334 - Statistical Physics - Spring 2012


Instructor: Giovanni Volpe - giovanni.volpe@fen.bilkent.edu.tr
Assistant: Başak Renklioğlu - brenklioglu@bilkent.edu.tr
Time: Tuesday 10:40-12:40 & Friday 8:40-10:40
Room: SAZ 19

Exams and Grading

Midterm 1: Friday 16 March, 2012 8:40-10:40, SA 240 (20%)
Midterm 2: Friday 20 April, 2012 8:40-10:40, SA 240 (20%)
Final Exam: Friday 18 May, 2012 12:30-14:30, SAZ 18 (20%)
Presentations: scheduled (15% for the presentation + 0%-10% grade)
Homeworks: scheduled (1%/each attendance + 1%/homework + 1% if satisfactory + 1% if optional)
Final oral exam: Monday 28 May, 2012 9:00-19:00, SA 240 (grade multiplier x0.5-1.5)


James P. Sethna
Statistical Mechanics: Entropy, Order Parameters, and Complexity
Oxford University Press, New York, 2006
ISBN13: 9780198566779
ISBN10: 0198566778

On Sethna's website you will find a lot of additional material.


The syllabus is still preliminary and will be updated during the course.
Additional material will be added during the course, e.g., slides.

Click here for syllabus.

Articles for Short Presentations

You should choose an article by Friday 10 February, 2012 and communicate it to Başak Renklioğlu, otherwise you will be assigned one randomly.
The schedule of the presentations will be announced on the course website on Tuesday 14 February, 2012.
The short 10-minute presentations will start on Tuesday 6 March, 2012.

Everyone should have a look at all the articles since they can be a subject of discussion in the oral exam.

Click here for the list of articles.


The homeworks will be updated during the course.

Click here for the list of homeworks.