The table below provides information on the course's lecture (L) and recitation (R) sessions.
Course calendar.
SES # 
Topics 
Key Dates 
I. Thermodynamics 
L1 
Fundamental Definitions, The Zeroth Law, The First Law 
Problem set 1 out 
L2 
The Second Law, Carnot Engines and Thermodynamic Temperature, Entropy 

L3 
Approach to Equilibrium and Thermodynamic Potentials, Useful Mathematical Results 

L4 
Stability Conditions, The Third Law 
Problem set 2 out 
R1 
Recitation 

II. Probability 
L5 
General Definitions, One Random Variable, Some Important Probability Distributions 
Problem set 1 due 1 day before Ses #L5
Problem set 3 out 
R2 
Recitation 

L6 
Many Random Variables, Sums of Random Variables and the Central Limit Theorem, Rules for Large Numbers, Information, Entropy, and Estimation 
Problem set 2 due 
III. Kinetic Theory of Gases 
L7 
General Definitions, Liouville's Theorem 
Problem set 4 out 
R3 
Recitation 

L8 
The BogoliubovBornGreenKirkwoodYvon Hierarchy, The Boltzmann Equation 
Problem set 3 due 
L9 
The HTheorem and Irreversibility, Equilibrium Properties 
Problem set 5 out 
R4 
Recitation 

L10 
Conservation Laws 
Problem set 4 due
Problem set 6 out 
R5 
Recitation 

L11 
Zeroth Order Hydrodynamics, First Order Hydrodynamics 

IV. Classical Statistical Mechanics 
L12 
General Definitions, The Microcanonical Ensemble, TwoLevel Systems 
Problem set 7 out 
R6 
Recitation 
Problem set 5 due 

Midterm Quiz 

L13 
The Ideal Gas, Mixing Entropy and Gibbs' Paradox, The Canonical Ensemble 

L14 
Examples, The Gibbs Canonical Ensemble, The Grand Canonical Ensemble 
Problem set 8 out 
V. Interacting Particles 
L15 
The Cumulant Expansion 
Problem set 6 due 
R7 
Recitation 

L16 
The Cluster Expansion 
Problem set 9 out 
L17 
The Second Virial Coefficient and Van der Waals Equation, Breakdown of the Van der Waals Equation, Mean Field Theory of Condensation 
Problem set 7 due 
L18 
Variational Methods, Corresponding States, Critical Point Behavior 

VI. Quantum Statistical Mechanics 
L19 
Dilute Polyatomic Gases, Vibrations of a Solid, Blackbody Radiation 
Problem set 8 due 
L20 
Quantum Microstates, Quantum Macrostates 
Problem set 10 out 
R8 
Recitation 

VII. Ideal Quantum Gases 
L21 
Hilbert Space of Identical Particles 

L22 
Canonical Formulation, Grand Canonical Formulation 
Problem set 9 due
Problem set 11 out 
L23 
Nonrelativistic Gas, The Degenerate Fermi Gas 

R9 
Recitation 
Problem set 12 out 
L24 
The Degenerate Bose Gas 
Problem set 10 due 
L25 
Superfluid He^{4} 

R10 
Recitation 

L26 
Superfluid He^{4} (cont.) 
Problem set 11 due 
R11 
Recitation 
Problem set 12 due 
R12 
Recitation 


Final Exam 
