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PHYS 334 - Statistical Physics - Fall 2015


Instructor: Giovanni Volpe - giovanni.volpe@fen.bilkent.edu.tr
Assistant: Aykut Argun - argun_a@ug.bilkent.edu.tr
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 (20%)
Midterm 2: Friday 6 December, 2015 10:30-12:30, SA 240 (20%)
Final Exam: Saturday 26 December, 2015 (20%)
Group presentation: scheduled (40%, 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 grade if:
* 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
ISBN13: 9780198566779
ISBN10: 0198566778

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.

Group Presentations

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.