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Spring 2008: Physics 353

Foundations of Physics II: Optics and Statistical Mechanics

 

MWF 10.00-10.50 am, 30 Pacific Hall

Syllabus

Announcements:

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 Monte-Carlo simulation of a two-dimensional Ising model -- Erik Keever and Cade Gledhill
  • 3 Bose-Einstein condensation of atomic gases -- Nina Gyde and Grace Ong
  • 4 Recent topics in non-equilibrium 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. Rominger-Watts
  • 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 Real-space 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 bio-membranes
  • 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 (9-10am) (1)Charlie Rojas and Nick Manz (2) David Bondi and J. J. Rominger-Watts [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 .

 

2008 -- Raghuveer Parthasarathy, University of Oregon, Department of Physics

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Contact:  raghu [at] physics.uoregon.edu

Last updated: July 18, 2008