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Spring 2011, Section 001
This page last revised: 24 Feb 2011
Possibly Useful News
(including HW suggestions) (Last update: May 5)
- Class Meeting
- MWF 9:00-9:50am in 157 FS
- Problem Session: W 11:00am-12:00noon in 26 FS
- Web Site
- You can get here from the physics dept home page at
by clicking on Courses -> 6351 Statistical Mechanics
under Spring 2011.
- Homework Assignments
- Some Homework Solutions
- Prof. Kent Hornbostel
- Office: 209 FS
- Phone: 214 768 1048
- Mail Box: 102 FS
- email: kjh AT mail.physics.smu.edu
- Office hours
- Anytime I'm in the office is fine except for the hour or so before lecture.
(I guess that's a small risk.)
- Physics 3374 (undergrad thermo + statmech) or equivalent, plus standard undergrad quantum and classical courses.
- J. P. Sethna, Statistical Mechanics: Entropy, Order Parameters and Complexity,
This is a relatively new text, and looks very interesting. It's designed for a
one-semester course at the advanced undergrad to intro grad level, with applications ranging from
the usual physical systems to chemistry, biology, information and even finance. We'll
try to at least touch on all the chapters. (It's taught at Cornell, where they cover the
entire text in one semester.)
The author makes it available for free in its digital incarnation at the
text web site. If you'd
like to use a hard copy, please purchase it or use the copy in our library rather than printing
it out (which abuses both his generosity and our printers).
- Because the discussions in Sethna can be brief, I thought it would be good to have some
secondary references. One is Reif, Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics,
which is geared toward advanced undergraduates, and is excellent. It's perhaps my
favorite textbook; we use it for our Phys 3374. The second is Garrod, Statistical
Mechanics and Thermodynamics, which is used in both undergrad and intro grad courses,
and also seems very good. Prof. Nadolsky recommended it.
- I'll set aside a shelf in rm 38A for references for this course, including the texts
mentioned above. The idea is to make that room into something like
a course library. There's ample work space; please don't remove the books from
the room, even temporarily. (They're mainly either my own copies, or borrowed from
the main library under my name. I'd hate to lose them, in either case.)
- Web References
- Lecture Notes
- Weekly (approximately) problem sets. I'll post
solutions to some of the problems here.
- Late Homework: 10% off per day for the first week or so, or until I post
solutions (whichever is first).
Thereafter I'll accept (but won't grade) them at any time for 25% credit.
- From the Provost:
- Students with Disabilities
- Disability Accommodations: Students needing academic
accommodations for a disability must first contact Ms. Rebecca Marin,
Coordinator, Services for Students with Disabilities (214-768-4557) to
verify the disability and establish eligibility for accommodations.
They should then schedule an appointment with the professor to make
appropriate arrangements. (See University Policy No. 2.4.)
- SMU Policy on Religious Holidays
Religious Observance: Religiously observant students
wishing to be absent on holidays that require missing class should
notify their professors in writing at the beginning of the semester, and
should discuss with them, in advance, acceptable ways of making up any
work missed because of the absence. (See University Policy No. 1.9.)
- SMU Policy on Excused Extracurricular Absences
Excused Absences for University Extracurricular Activities:
Students participating in an officially sanctioned,
scheduled University extracurricular activity should be given the
opportunity to make up class assignments or other graded assignments
missed as a result of their participation. It is the responsibility of
the student to make arrangements with the instructor prior to any missed
scheduled examination or other missed assignment for making up the work.
(University Undergraduate Catalogue)
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