Archived Versions

8.334 Statistical Mechanics II: Statistical Physics of Fields

As taught in: Spring 2008

Diagram of a one-dimensional chain.

Displacements of a one-dimensional chain, and coarse-graining. (Image by Prof. Mehran Kardar.)




Prof. Mehran Kardar

Course Features

Course Description

This is the second term in a two-semester course on statistical mechanics. Basic principles are examined in 8.334, such as the laws of thermodynamics and the concepts of temperature, work, heat, and entropy. Topics from modern statistical mechanics are also explored including the hydrodynamic limit and classical field theories.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.