Physics 505 -- Statistical Mechanics
Spring 2014

Meeting Time: TR 11:00-12:15 in PandA 184

Instructor: Dr. V. M. Kenkre
Office: PandA 35
Office Hours: None scheduled, but available by appointment (Catch him if you can! his office or PandA 22.)

Teaching Assistant: Anastasia Ierides
Office: PandA 22
Office Hours: TR 12:30-13:30; also available by appointment

Course Outline

Roughly speaking there are three main topics that will be covered in this course:

  1. Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics (the evaluation of partition functions, the use of the Boltzmann factors for classical as well as quantum systems, etc.) This will constitute about one third or less of the semester.
  2. Stochastic Aspects of Statistical Mechanics (introduction of probabilities, systems of huge degrees of freedom, etc.)
  3. Non-Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics (time-dependent phenomena, philosophical questions associated with the subject, etc.)


Your grade in this course will be decided by your performance without reference to that of the rest of the class. (Do your best!)

The credit distribution is as follows:


Midterm Exams

Class Notes

Papers, Notes, Books and Other Resources

Papers and other notes:

Papers related to relaxational/vibrational Master equations Numerical Laplace Inversion:

Excerpts from Books


There is no textbook for this course. There two books on reserve in the Centennial library that may be checked out for two hours at a time. These books are: Additionally of interest might be: As well as a book by McQuarrie and one by Mazenko kept at the TAs office.

Software Tools: