PHYS 6562

PHYS 6562

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2022-2023.

A broad, graduate level view of statistical mechanics, with applications to not only physics and chemistry, but to computation, mathematics, dynamical and complex systems, and biology. Some traditional focus areas will not be covered in detail (thermodynamics, phase diagrams, perturbative methods, interacting gasses and liquids).  

When Offered Spring.

Permission Note Primarily for: graduate students.
Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: a high level of sophistication, equivalent to but not necessarily the same as that of a first-year physics graduate student (undergrad-level quantum, classical mechanics, and thermodynamics).

Comments Only a small portion of the course (roughly one and a half weeks) will demand a knowledge of quantum mechanics; students with no quantum background have found the rest of the course comprehensible and useful, if challenging.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: PHYS 4488

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  4046 PHYS 6562   LEC 001

    • MWF Clark Hall 294D
    • Jan 23 - May 9, 2023
    • Sethna, J

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Physics undergraduates must take this class for a letter grade. Students whose schedule of required classes prevents them from enrolling in open components of this class should join the waitlist at