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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.)

Level:

Graduate

Instructors:

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.


*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.