Statistical Mechanics I: Statistical Mechanics of Particles

Graphic of equilibrium in statistical mechanics.

Equilibrium in statistical mechanics: systems exchanging energy are most likely to have individual energies that maximize the overall number of states. (Image by Prof. Mehran Kardar.)


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Fall 2007



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Statistical Mechanics is a probabilistic approach to equilibrium properties of large numbers of degrees of freedom. In this two-semester course, basic principles are examined. Topics include: thermodynamics, probability theory, kinetic theory, classical statistical mechanics, interacting systems, quantum statistical mechanics, and identical particles.

Kardar, Mehran. 8.333 Statistical Mechanics I: Statistical Mechanics of Particles, Fall 2007. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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