& Soft Condensed Matter
Spring 2008: Physics 353
Foundations of Physics II: Optics and Statistical Mechanics
MWF 10.00-10.50 am, 30 Pacific Hall
- Solutions to the Final Exam.
- Solutions to Suggested Problems from the Final Exam
- Outside-of-class presentation time: Wednesday, June 4,
9-9:50am, 350 Willamette.
- Study guide
for the Final Exam
- Final Exam Review Session: Thursday, June 5, 2-3.30pm, 175
- Notes on the Mean Field Ising Model
on Boson Gases and Bose-Einstein Condensation (Lecture May 19, 2008)
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, 9-10am,
- Midterm Exam: Monday, May 5.
- Prof. Parthasarathy's office hours: Mon 9-10, W 11-12.
- TA office hours: Tuesday 10-11am in the drop in center
(Willamette 147). (Other: in Willamette218?)
- Physics Department
Notes and Handouts:
Problem Sets and Solutions:
Final Project Topics:
See the handout on the Final Project, which includes descriptions
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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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raghu [at] physics.uoregon.edu
July 18, 2008