Graduate Statistical Mechanics 6562, Spring 2017
MWF, 10:1011:00, Clark 294D
Jim Sethna
sethna@lassp.cornell.edu, PSB 418, 55132,
office hours Fri 1112:30.
TA: Jaron KentDobias,
jpk247@cornell.edu, (425)9991948,
PSB 425 (rightmost door, on left), office hours Sun 35.
www.physics.cornell.edu/sethna/teaching/562/
 Aimed broadly at grads in physics, computer science, engineering, biology,
mathematics, and the social sciences
 Quantum mechanics will be important only for two weeks during the course.
Previous statistical mechanics is not required, but extra work to catch up
would be necessary. A high level of scientific
sophistication, however, is expected.
 Will use a 'flipped classroom' format, with activities during class
hours and content covered in the reading.
 Text is
Statistical Mechanics: Entropy, Order Parameters, and Complexity,
available both for sale and as
a pdf.
This course focuses on those topics in statistical mechanics of interest
to scholars in many fields. Topics will include random walks and emergent
properties; temperature and equilibrium; phase space dynamics and ergodicity;
entropy; free energies; quantum statistical mechanics; calculation
and computation; order parameters, broken symmetries, and topology;
correlations, response, and dissipation; abrupt phase transitions; and
continuous phase transitions, fractals, and the renormalization group.
Statistical Mechanics:
Entropy, Order Parameters, and Complexity
Available at Oxford University
Press,
Amazon.com,
and Barnes and Noble.
Statistical Mechanics: Entropy, Order Parameters, and Complexity,
now available at
Oxford University Press
(USA,
Europe).
Last modified: December 21, 2016
