PHYS 334 - Statistical Physics - Fall 2015
Instructor: Giovanni Volpe
Assistant: Aykut Argun
Time: Wednesday 8:30-10:30
& Friday 10:30-12:30
Room: SA Z19
Exams and Grading
Midterm 1: Friday 30 October, 2015 10:30-12:30, SA 240
Midterm 2: Friday 6 December, 2015 10:30-12:30, SA 240
Final Exam: Saturday 26 December, 2015
Group presentation: scheduled
, 0-10% for each of the three group presentation, 1.67% for each attendance)
Final oral exam: Monday 4 January, 2016
(grade multiplier x0.5-1.5
You will not be admitted to the final exam and will receive an automatic FZ
* the average of yours Midterm I and Midterm II grades is below 10/20
* you have collected less than 20/40 points on the presentations
* your attendance is below 80%
James P. Sethna
Statistical Mechanics: Entropy, Order Parameters, and Complexity
Oxford University Press, New York, 2006
On Sethna's website
you will find a lot of additional material and the pdf of the book.
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.
You should form 6 groups of 2-5 people by Friday 18 September, 2015
and communicate it to Aykut Argun
, otherwise you will be assigned to a group randomly.
Each group will give 3 presentations (one for each group of presentations) and all people in the group will get the same mark.
The schedule of the presentations will be announced on the course website on by the end of September
Everyone should attend to all presentations.
Click here for the list of presentations.
The homeworks will be updated during the course.
Click here for the list of homeworks.