Statistical Mechanics II: Statistical Physics of Fields

A blurry image of a sand dune and sky above.

A digitally modified image of a sand dune, which served as the inspiration for the cover of Prof. Kardar's textbook Statistical Physics of Fields. (Image by Mehran Kardar)


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Spring 2014



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This is the second term in a two-semester course on statistical mechanics. Basic principles are examined in this class, 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.

Mehran Kardar. 8.334 Statistical Mechanics II: Statistical Physics of Fields, Spring 2014. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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