Course info: Phy 770
Time and Place MWF 12-12:50pm Olin 105
Course Instructor Professor Salsbury
Contact Info firstname.lastname@example.org, Olin 301A
This course is an introductory graduate-level course in statistical mechanics; largely classical statistical mechanics. The course follows Sethna's text fairly closely, albeit with more emphasis on free energies. . There will also be weekly matlab "labs" and problems to focus on applications.
This classic a traditional lecture class on monday's and wednesday's, with some class participation. Friday's, however, the class converts to a lab-type format with numeric problems. Homework problems will be due Wednesdays by 4:00pm, usually, in the grader's mailbox.
Outside of class you will be responsible for the following:
- Reading the relevant assignment before class; whichever one(s) listed on the course calendar.
- It will be difficult to follow without reading beforehand.
- Completing your homework by 4pm most Wednesdays.
- Getting behind on homework is the easiest way to do poorly in physics.
Inside of class you will be responsible for the following:
- Interacting with your classmates and Dr. Salsbury, as appropriate.
- Paying attention, and
- Asking questions!
- Course Calendar: This is where the class schedule will be posted; also embedded below.
Use the course calendar: also embedded below, for a detailed syllabus, for assignments, for exam dates, for class cancellations, or anything else requring a date. You can subscribe to it as well, but do not just import events, as events can change during the semester.
- There will be one midterm on March 4th 2016 at 2pm in Olin 107.
- The comprehensive final exam will be take-home.
- They are intended to be challenging but doable.
- Working problems is the only way to really learn physics.
- The homework is the most important component of the course.
- Usually Wednesdays by 4pm.
- Homework Assignments: Click Here
- Homework: 50%
- Midterms: 10%
- Final: 40%
- This median grade for this course is usually an A.