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Lecture Notes
Any errors in the lecture notes (should!) have been corrected in these
online versions. The notes do not contain figures.
N.B.
2006/7 was the first year that I lectured this
course. It broadly follows the path that the previous course took,
therefore most old exam questions should still be relevant.
I will distribute written notes, available here electronically or from me in
hard copy, after the lecture has taken place. Students are encouraged
to take notes in the lectures.
Section 1:
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Information Theory Approach to Statistical Mechanics
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Assignment of probabilities and Formulation of Statistical Mechanics
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Fluctuations and Response
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Assemblies of Weakly Interacting Constituents
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Bose Einstein Condensation
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The Many-Body Problem
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Interactions in Classical Fluids: Perturbation about the Ideal Gas
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Reduced Distribution Functions and Dense Fluids
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Phase Transitions and the Ising Model
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Mean-Field Theory of the Ising Model
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Exact results for the Ising Model
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Landau Theory of Phase Transitions
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Classical Dynamics and the Arrow of Time
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Quantum Dynamics, The Master Equation and Detailed Balance
Section 15:
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The Langevin Approach and the Dynamics of Fluctuations
Tutorial Sheets
Tutorial 1:
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Maximising the Missing Information
Tutorial 2:
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The Microcanonical, Canonical and Grand Canonical Distrutions
Tutorial 3:
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Quantum Statistical Mechanics
Tutorial 4:
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Phonons; Virial Expansion
Tutorial 5:
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Radial distribution function; Debye-Hueckel Theory
Tutorial 6:
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The Ising Model
Tutorial 7:
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Landau Theory, Universality
Tutorial 8:
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Classical Dynamics, Time's Arrow, Stochastic Dynamics
Other interesting reading
Here's the original article on the information theory
approach to statistical mechanics that we develop
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also some lecture notes
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(but note some of the physics is discussed within the density matrix
formulation which we don't cover)
Nice pedagogical article on Legendre transforms to appear
in American Journal of Physics
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Nice pedagogical article on Boltzmann's Entropy and Time's Arrow
Physics Today September 1993 p.32
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Review of some general ideas behind phase transitions
and mean field theory
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