This course describes the basics of condensed matter physics and their magnetic properties

Total Credits: 4 Total Hours: 72 

This course statistical mechanics is meant for the second semester of M.Sc Physics of Mahatma Gandhi University. 

The course consists of 4 units 

UNIT I  (22 hrs) The Statistical Basis of Thermodynamics

UNIT II (18 hrs) Grand canonical Ensemble

UNIT III (22hrs)  Quantum Theory of Simple Gases

UNIT IV (10 hrs ) Phase Transitions

Recommended Text books: 

1. Text book- R.K. Pathria, Statistical Mechanics, second edition (1996), Butterworth, Heinemann. (For Modules I, II and III.) 

2. R Bowley and M. Sanchez, Introductory Statistical Mechanics, second edition, Oxford University Press. (For Module IV ) 

 Recommended Reference Books: 

1. Kerson Huang, Statistical Mechanics, John Wiley and Sons (2003). 

2. F. Rief, Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics, McGraw Hill (1986).

 3. D. Chandler, Introduction to Statistical Mechanics, Oxford University Press (1987) 

4. L.D Landau and E.M Lifshitz, Statistical Physics (Vol-1),3rd Edition. Pergamon Press(1989)

 5. Yung-Kuo Lim, Problems and Solutions in Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics, World Scientific (1990).