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8.334 Statistical Mechanics II: Statistical Mechanics of Fields, Spring 2004

Displacements of a one-dimensional chain, and coarse-graining.

Displacements of a one-dimensional chain, and coarse-graining. (Image by Prof. Mehran Kardar.)

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Course Description

This is the second term in a two-semester course on statistical mechanics. Basic principles are examined in 8.334, such as the laws of thermodynamics and the concepts of temperature, work, heat, and entropy. Topics from modern statistical mechanics are also explored including the hydrodynamic limit and classical field theories.


Prof. Mehran Kardar

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

One session / week
1.5 hours / session



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