Physics 6351 Spring 2011

Course References

In our class library, rm 38A

Our secondary references: F. Reif, Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics, McGraw-Hill, 1965. (I'll call this Reif II; see below for Reif I.) C. Garrod, Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics, Oxford, 1995. (The text has associated simulation software, available at the text website.) Other references in 38A (Roughly ordered by my preference; I'll probably add more.) Standard Grad references: R. K. Pathria, Statistical Mechanics, Butterworth-Heinemann, 1996. L. E. Reichl, A Modern Course in Statistical Physics, 2nd Ed., Wiley-Interscience, 1998. M. Kardar, Statistical Physics of Particles, Cambridge, 2007. M. Kardar, Statistical Physics of Fields, Cambridge, 2007. D. A. McQuarrie, Statistical Mechanics, Harper and Row, 1976. R. Feynman, Statistical Mechanics, Addison-Wesley, 1972. W. Greiner, L. Neise, H. Stocker, Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics, Springer, 1995. L. Landau and E. Lifshitz, Statistical Physics, Pergamon Press, 1969. Undergrad: F. Reif, Statistical Physics, McGraw-Hill, 1967. Chapter 1 (pdf) (Reif I) H. Gould and J. Tobochnik, Statistical and Thermal Physics, with Computer Applications, Princeton, 2010. Daniel V. Schroeder, Introduction to Thermal Physics, Addison-Wesley, 1999. M. Sturge, Statistical and Thermal Physics: Fundamentals and Applications, A K Peters Ltd, 2003.


Wolfram Research, A Tour of Mathematica, 1991. We have this on all the lab PCs, as well as the three PCs in the undergrad lounge. To start it in the lounge PCs, you'll need to open a terminal, then type math for the line-mode version, mathematica to get the gui notebook interface. To log into the lounge PCs, you can use your smu id and passwd.

Other Undergrad References (many in the SMU library)

Ralph Baierlein, Thermal physics, Cambridge Univ Press, 1999. H. C. Van Ness, Understanding Thermodynamics, Dover, 1983. ($5.00) A. M. Glazer and J. S. Wark, Statistical Mechanics: a Survival Guide, Oxford, 2001. R. Feynman, R. Leighton, and M. Sands, The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Addison-Wesley, 1963. C. Kittel, Elementary Statistical Physics, Wiley, 1958. C. Kittel and H. Kroemer, Thermal Physics, W. H. Freeman, 1980. F. Mandl, Statistical Physics, 2nd Ed Wiley, 1988. T. Hill, An Introduction to Statistical Thermodynamics, Addison-Wesley, 1960. M. Zemanksy and R. Dittman, Heat and Thermodynamics, McGraw-Hill, 1997. D. Kelly, Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics; an Elementary Treatment with Contemporary Applications, Academic Press, 1973. R. Eisberg and R. Resnick, Physics of Atoms, Molecules, Solids, Nuclei and Particles, Wiley, 1985. A more extensive bibliography of undergrad texts from Clark University's stat mech and thermo site. Other Advanced References G. Wannier, Statistical Physics, Dover, 1966. K. Huang, Statistical Mechanics, Wiley, 1963. Plus about 50 more in the library under Statistical Mechanics or Thermodynamics A more extensive bibliography of grad texts from Clark University's stat mech and thermo site.

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