Statistical Mechanics and Condensed Matter, 7.5 credits

About the course

This is a first course in Statistical Mechanics and Condensed Matter covering the basics of these subjects. Thermodynamics is discussed from the microscopic (statistical-mechanical) point-of-view. Entropy, free energy, temperature, the Boltzmann distribution and Fermi and Bose gases are introduced. Fundamental concepts in condensed matter- such as free electron theory, Fermi energy and Fermi surface, density of states, reciprocal lattice, crystal structure and phonons will also be discussed. Techniques useful for the experimental studies of material structure will be briefly touched upon.

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