The table below provides information on the course's lecture (L) and recitation (R) sessions.

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 Bogoliubov-Born-Green-Kirkwood-Yvon Hierarchy, The Boltzmann Equation Problem set 3 due
L9 The H-Theorem 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, Two-Level 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, Black-body 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 Non-relativistic Gas, The Degenerate Fermi Gas
R9 Recitation Problem set 12 out
L24 The Degenerate Bose Gas Problem set 10 due
L25 Superfluid He4
R10 Recitation
L26 Superfluid He4 (cont.) Problem set 11 due
R11 Recitation Problem set 12 due
R12 Recitation
Final Exam