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8.333 Statistical Mechanics I: Statistical Mechanics of Particles

As taught in: Fall 2007

Graphic of equilibrium in statistical mechanics.

Equilibrium in statistical mechanics: systems exchanging energy are most likely to have individual energies that maximize the overall number of states. (Image by Prof. Mehran Kardar.)




Prof. Mehran Kardar

Course Features

Course Description

Statistical Mechanics is a probabilistic approach to equilibrium properties of large numbers of degrees of freedom. In this two-semester course, basic principles are examined. Topics include: thermodynamics, probability theory, kinetic theory, classical statistical mechanics, interacting systems, quantum statistical mechanics, and identical particles.

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