Text: “Statistical Mechanics”, R.K. Pathria and Paul D. Beale. Third Edition, Elsevier.
Most of the
homework problems will be from the class textbook. The lectures are
posted in the class
website.
Secondary books:
i) ``Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics'', F. Reif, Waveland Press.
ii) “Statistical Physics of Particles”, M. Kardar, Bambridge University Press.
The lectures will follow the structure of the class textbook Pathria, but some materials from Reif's and Kardar's books may also be used.
Lectures: Tuesday and Thursday 2:10 PM to 3:25 PM.
Room: 306 Nielsen Building.
Instructor: Prof. Adriana Moreo  Rm 303 South College Building.
Office Hours: Monday 2:15PM to 3:15PM. I also will be available by request.
Phone: 9742084 (UTK) or 2411698 (ORNL). Email: amoreo@utk.edu
Web Page: http://sces.phys.utk.edu/~moreo/sm18/index.html
HOMEWORK: Due on Tuesday at the beginning of the class following assignment on preceding Tuesday. Late homework will not be accepted. The assignments will be listed in the webpage. The homework will be graded and returned to you. Each problem will be graded on a scale from 0 to 10. The homework grade will be normalized at the end of the semester to 30 points and it will result from the average of all homework sets excluding the one with the lowest grade. Solutions to all homework problems in pdf format will be sent to the students by email. Those solutions are for your personal use and you should not share them with other students nor post them online.
MIDTERM
EXAMS: There will be two midterm exams administered during class and
with a take home part. Class notes handwritten by the student
can be used in the exams.
GRADING:
20 points for each midterm exam.
30 points for homework.
10 points for class participation.
20 points for final exam.
WEEK 
#per 
Subjects (Tentative) 
Chapter in Pathria 
1st 
1 
The Statistical Basis of Thermodynamics 
1 
2nd 
2 
Elements of Ensemble Theory 
2 
3rd 
2 
The Canonical Ensemble 
3 
4th 
2 
The Canonical and Grand Canonical Ensembles 
34 
5th 
2 
Formulation of Quantum Statistics 
5 
6th 
2 
The theory of Simple Gases First Midterm Exam – Thursday, September 27. 
6 
7th 
1 
Ideal Bose Systems Fall Break 
7 
8th 
2 
Ideal Fermi Systems 
8 
9th 
2 
Ideal Fermi Systems 
8 
10th 
2 
Statistical Mechanics of Interacting Systems 
10 
11th 
2 
Virial coefficients 
10 
12th 
1 
Phase Transitions: Criticality, Universality, and Scaling Second Midterm Exam – Thursday, November 8 
12 
13th 
2 
van der Waals gas 
12 
14th 
1 
Ising Model Thanksgiving 
12 
15th 
2 
The role of correlations and fluctuations 
12 
16th 
1 
Review. 

Final
Exam: Wednesday December 12
from
2:45
PM
to 4:45
PM.
Any
student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact
of
a disability should contact me privately to discuss your
specific needs.
Please contact the Office of Disability Services
at 8659746087 in Hoskins
Library to coordinate reasonable
accommodations for students with documented
disabilities.