**Time:**

MWF 11:30 - 12:20

**Location:**

322 Jordan Hall

**Professor:**

Dan Gezelter

phone: 631-7595

office: 258 Stepan Chemistry

e-mail: gezelter@nd.edu

Office hours: Whenever my office door is open and I’m not otherwise occupied

**Web page:**

**Texts:**

Introduction to Modern Statistical Mechanics, by David Chandler

Statistical Mechanics, by Donald A. McQuarrie

These should be relatively easy to find at online vendors.

**Grade:**

Problem Sets (roughly bi-weekly): | 30% |

In-class Midterm | 25% |

Open-book take-home Final: | 35% |

Computational Projects: | 10% |

**Other:**

Students are bound by Notre Dame's graduate Honor Code. Group work is tolerated *except for exams*. The take-home final must be done completely independently.

One note about group work: Statistical Mechanics deals with some intellectually challenging material. The only way to learn the subject is to actually do the problems on your own. After you have made an **honest and painful individual attempt** at solving a problem, you should confer with your classmates or with me. However, you must

**write up the solutions**to the problems on your own. Solutions which are incorrect, but which have

**good written explanations**of why each step was carried out, will be given higher scores than those which do not.

The computational projects will require some amount of coding. ANY computer language may be used (including Matlab, Python, etc.) If you need access to a computer on which to do these projects, please let me know. These projects may be done in pairs.

You may email me at any time with questions.

**Problem Sets:**

I’ll be posting the problem sets on Sakai and on the problem set web page as they are released.

**Class Notes:**

I’ll be posting the class notes as we complete a logical section (roughly every 2 weeks) on the notes web page each week.