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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 8.333 (Fall 2007) 
  • Course Title:
  • Statistical Mechanics I: Statistical Mechanics of Particles 
  • Course Level:
  • Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Physics 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Mehran Kardar 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 8.333 Statistical Mechanics I: Statistical Mechanics of Particles

    Fall 2007

    Course Highlights

    8.333 Statistical Mechanics I: Statistical Mechanics of Particles

    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.)

    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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