MWF 10.0010.50 am, 30 Pacific Hall
Syllabus
Announcements:
 Solutions to the Final Exam.
 Solutions to Suggested Problems from the Final Exam
study guide.
 Outsideofclass presentation time: Wednesday, June 4,
99:50am, 350 Willamette.
 Study guide
for the Final Exam
 Final Exam Review Session: Thursday, June 5, 23.30pm, 175
Willamette.
 Notes on the Mean Field Ising Model
 Notes
on Boson Gases and BoseEinstein Condensation (Lecture May 19, 2008)
 Notes
on the Sommerfeld Expansion  slight corrections made on May 17, 2008
 Solutions to the Midterm Exam.
 Study guide
for the midterm exam
 Midterm Exam Review Session: Thursday, May 1, 910am,
175 Willamette.
 Midterm Exam: Monday, May 5.
 Prof. Parthasarathy's office hours: Mon 910, W 1112.
 TA office hours: Tuesday 1011am in the drop in center
(Willamette 147). (Other: in Willamette218?)
 Physics Department
Colloquia (descriptions)
Notes and Handouts:
Problem Sets and Solutions:
Final Project Topics:
See the handout on the Final Project, which includes descriptions
and comments!
 1 Polymer physics
 2 MonteCarlo simulation of a twodimensional Ising model 
Erik Keever and Cade Gledhill
 3 BoseEinstein condensation of atomic gases  Nina Gyde and Grace Ong
 4 Recent topics in nonequilibrium statistical mechanics
 5 Big Bang Nucleosynthesis  Adam Haaga & Ron Wu
 6 White dwarf stars and neutron stars  Rick Suhr & Garrett Gilliand
 7 Glasses, the Glass Transition, and Jamming  David Bondi & J.J. RomingerWatts
 8 Effective temperatures in granular systems
 9 The Statistical Mechanics of DNA Melting
 10 Refrigerators  Jason Goff and David Bell
 11 Critical phenomena and the renormalization group  experiments & theory  Ninnat Dangniam and ?
 12 Realspace renormalization group calculation for a 2d Ising model
 13 Quantum phase transitions
 14 The greenhouse effect, climate, and climate change  Brian
Esler and Mary Ames
 15 Maxwell's Demon and Recent Experiments  Evan Knight and Adam Mali
 17 Phase transitions in biomembranes
 Crystallization.
 Single molecule biophysics.  Charlie Rojas and Nick Manz
 Heat engines, alternative energy sources, etc.  Amberlee
Darold & Chelsea Beebe (Geothermal Energy); Joel Brauer &
Stephen Harris (Other aspects)
 Misc. Biophysics and "Soft" Condensed Matter.
 Superfluidity in liquid helium.  Tamela Maciel and Alice Tasker
 Superconductivity.  Tyler Campbell and John Despotopulos
 Liquids.
 Statistical Mechanics of Liquid Crystals.
Final Project Schedule:
 Monday, June 2: (1) Nina Gyde and Grace Ong [Abstract]
(2) Tamela Maciel and Alice Tasker [Abstract] (3) David Bell and
Jason Goff [Abstract]
 *Wednesday, June 4 (910am) (1)Charlie Rojas and Nick
Manz (2) David Bondi and J. J. RomingerWatts [Abstract]
(3) Ninnat Dangniam [Abstract]
(4) Erik Keever and Cade Gledhill
 Wednesday, June 4: (1)Adam Haaga and Rong Wu [Abstract]
(2) Mary Ames and Brian Esler (3)John Despotopulos and Tyler Campbell
[Abstract]
 Friday, June 6: (1) Rick Suhr and Garrett Gilliand [References](2)
Evan Knight and Adam Mali [Abstract] (3) Chelsea Beebe
and Amberlee Darold [References]
 [Video] Joel Brauer & Stephen Harris [Summary] and
Stirling Engine Project  short presentation video .
