Classical and quantum statistical mechanics and the connection to thermodynamics using the Hamiltonian. Study of distribution functions, entropy and temperature, partition functions, scaling and critical behavior, fluctuations, and transport phenomena. Application to ideal gases, quantum gases, nonideal gases, and phase transitions. 

This course includes one lecture per week with inclass problems, weekly takehome problems, and a final exam. The course is roughly divided into five groups of material:

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