# The Computational Soft Matter Group at HKUST

##### Statistical Mechanics I (Graduate Level)

###### Useful links:

Mehran Kardar, MIT: Statistical Mechanics I: Statistical Mechanics of Particles (MIT open course)

David Tong, U of Cambridge: Lectures on Statistical Physics

Michael Cross, Caltech: Statistical Physics (Physics 127a, b, c)

Phillip Duxbury, Michigan State: Statistical Mechanics (PHY831)

Sergei Lukyanov, Rutgers: Statistical Mechanics (Physics 611)

HUI Pak Ming, CUHK: Statistical Mechanics (PHYS4031)

Daniel Arovas, UCSD: Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (pdf)

Covered topics:

Review of Thermodynamics

Useful mathematical tools - probability theory

Classical Statistical Mechanics - Ensemble theory

Quantum Statistical Mechanics - Density matrix

Phase transition topics

Interacting systems

Brownian motion and FokkerPlanck equation

Kinetic theory and Boltzmann equation

*Introduction to non-equilibrium thermodynamics

##### Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (Undergraduate level)

###### Textbook:

###### Daniel V. Schroeder, An introduction to Thermal Physics.

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###### Covered topics:

###### Heat, work, and the first law of thermodynamics

###### Multiplicity, entropy, and the second law of thermodynamics

###### Thermodynamic systems: Two-state paramagnets, Einstein solids, and the ideal gas.

###### Heat engine, refrigerator, Carnot cycle

###### Thermodynamic identity, thermodynamic potentials

###### Boltzmann statistics, equipartition theorem, and partition function

###### Distributions of Fermions and Bosons

###### Blackbody radiation

###### Debye Theory of solids

###### Bose-Einstein condensation