MATH 597E
- Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics - Penn State University Spring 2011MWF 10:10-11 AM120 Sackett Bldg Schedule number 616927 |
Instructor:
Andrew Belmonte
Contact info:
322 McAllister Building, telephone: 865-2491, email: alb18.AT.psu.edu
This course will provide a one-semester introduction and overview of this subject, with an emphasis on the mathematical foundations and assumptions of this physical theory. We will start with the basic laws of thermodynamics, treated in its own right. We will then begin again on the statistical mechanics of a many (many) body system, and build connections back to thermodynamics. Additional topics will include quantum statistics (fermions, bosons), phase transitions, and nonequilibrium statistical mechanics.
The course is aimed at graduate students in mathematics, with interests in mathematical modeling, fluid or solid mechanics, ergodic theory, numerical analysis, partial differential equations, or other areas. It could also be accessible to students from other disciplines (contact the instructor).
Course Texts (required):Problem Sets |
Extra Class Session: Thurs 4/21
6:30-7:30pm in 103 Osmond |