The calendar below provides information on the course's lecture (L), recitation (R), and exam (E) sessions.
Course calendar.
ses # 
Topics 
key dates 
L1 
Collective Behavior, From Particles to Fields
Introduction, Phonons and Elasticity 
Problem set 1 out 
L2 
Collective Behavior, From Particles to Fields (cont.)
Phase Transitions, Critical Behavior
The LandauGinzburg Approach
Introduction, Saddle Point Approximation, and MeanField Theory 

R1 
Recitation 1 

L3 
The LandauGinzburg Approach (cont.)
Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking and Goldstone Modes 
Problem set 2 out 
L4 
The LandauGinzburg Approach (cont.)
Scattering and Fluctuations, Correlation Functions and Susceptibilities, Comparison to Experiments 
Problem set 1 due 
R2 
Recitation 2 

L5 
The LandauGinzburg Approach (cont.)
Gaussian Integrals, Fluctuation Corrections to the Saddle Point, The Ginzburg Criterion 
Problem set 3 out 
L6 
The Scaling Hypothesis
The Homogeneity Assumption, Divergence of the Correlation Length, Critical Correlation Functions and SelfSimilarity 
Problem set 2 due 
R3 
Recitation 3 

L7 
The Scaling Hypothesis (cont.)
The Renormalization Group (Conceptual), The Renormalization Group (Formal) 
Problem set 4 out 
L8 
The Scaling Hypothesis (cont.)
The Gaussian Model (Direct Solution), The Gaussian Model (Renormalization Group)
Perturbative Renormalization Group
Expectation Values in the Gaussian Model 
Problem set 3 due 
R4 
Recitation 4 

L9 
Perturbative Renormalization Group (cont.)
Expectation Values in the Gaussian Model, Expectation Values in Perturbation Theory, Diagrammatic Representation of Perturbation Theory, Susceptibility 
Problem set 5 out 
L10 
Perturbative Renormalization Group (cont.)
Perturbative RG (First Order) 
Problem set 4 due 
R5 
Recitation 5 

L11 
Perturbative Renormalization Group (cont.)
Perturbative RG (Second Order), The εExpansion 
Problem set 6 out 
L12 
Perturbative Renormalization Group (cont.)
Irrelevance of other Interactions, Comments on the εExpansion 
Problem set 5 due 
L13 
Position Space Renormalization Group
Lattice Models, Exact Treatment in d = 1 

R6 
Recitation 6 
Problem set 7 out 
E1 
Midterm Quiz 
Problem set 6 due 
L14 
Position Space Renormalization Group (cont.)
The Niemeijervan Leeuwen Cumulant Approximation, The MigdalKadanoff Bond Moving Approximation 

R7 
Recitation 7 
Problem set 8 out 
L15 
Series Expansions
Lowtemperature Expansions, Hightemperature Expansions, Exact Solution of the One Dimensional Ising Model 
Problem set 7 due 
L16 
Series Expansions (cont.)
SelfDuality in the Two Dimensional Ising Model, Dual of the Three Dimensional Ising Model 

R8 
Recitation 8 
Problem set 9 out 
L17 
Series Expansions (cont.)
Summing over Phantom Loops 
Problem set 8 due 
L18 
Series Expansions (cont.)
Exact Free Energy of the Square Lattice Ising Model 

R9 
Recitation 9 
Problem set 10 out 
L19 
Series Expansions (cont.)
Critical Behavior of the Two Dimensional Ising Model 
Problem set 9 due 
R10 
Recitation 10 
Problem set 11 out 
L20 
Continuous Spins at Low Temperatures
The Nonlinear σmodel 
Problem set 10 due 
L21 
Continuous Spins at Low Temperatures (cont.)
Topological Defects in the XY Model 

R11 
Recitation 11 
Problem set 12 out 
L22 
Continuous Spins at Low Temperatures (cont.)
Renormalization Group for the Coulomb Gas 
Problem set 11 due 
L23 
Continuous Spins at Low Temperatures (cont.)
Two Dimensional Solids, Two Dimensional Melting 

R12 
Recitation 12 

L24 
Dissipative Dynamics
Brownian Motion of a Particle 
Problem set 12 due 
R13 
Recitation 13 

E2 
Final Exam 
