The second term discusses using statistical mechanics to understand real systems, rather than ideal systems that can be solved exactly. In addition dynamics and fluctuations will be considered. These notes are not intended to be a complete account of the class discussion, but attempt to summarize the main points.

- Lecture 1:
*Classical Nonideal Gas* - Lecture 2:
*Dense Gases and the Liquid State* - Lecture 3:
*First Order Phase Transitions* - Lecture 4:
*Phase Transitions in Multicomponent Systems* - Lecture 5:
*Second Order Phase Transitions* - Lecture 6:
*Landau Theory* - Lecture 7:
*Fluctuations* - Lecture 8:
*Scaling* - Lecture 9:
*RNG: 1D Ising Model* - Lecture 10:
*RNG: General Case* - Lecture 11:
*RNG: Advanced Topics* - Lecture 12:
*Kinetic Theory* - Lecture 13:
*Boltzmann Equation I: Scattering off Impurities* - Lecture 14:
*Boltzmann Equation II: Binary Scattering* - Lecture 15:
*Brownian Motion* - Lecture 16:
*Langevin Equation* - Lecture 17:
*Fokker-Planck Equation* - Lecture 18:
*Linear Response Theory, etc.* - Lecture 19: You can find information on LIGO at the LIGO Home page, particularly in the sidebar on the left. For example the talk by Rainer Weiss gives a good general overview, and his last slide has recent noise performance curves.

*All files are in Acrobat (pdf) format*

Last modified: 6 October, 2006

Michael Cross