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Unformatted text preview: Physics 848 (D. Stroud): Term Project Assignment As mentioned previously, one of the assignments in this course is a term project. In general, I am very flexible about possible projects, and am likely to accept any reasonable proposal from a student. The project can consist of a paper describing the statistical physics of some interacting system. It can involve library research, or your own numerical simulations, or some combination of the two. I do not expect any original research, but I would like to see that you have gained some understanding of some such problem. In either case, you should pick a narrow topic - if library research, a clear understanding of one or two papers, or simulations on a single, narrowly defined model, would be sufficient. As I said before, the project can be presented either as a talk or a written paper. The project can be one a numerical project of some kind (e. g. Monte Carlo study of some model Hamiltonian, molecular dynamics study, a study of a percolation model, etc.) I More than one can choose the same subject, in which case there should be some division of labor - e. g., one person gives a talk, the other does a write-up. For the term paper, I would anticipate a write-up of around 10-15 double- spaced pages (preferably typed). If your paper consists of simulations, of course much of your write-up (or talk) would consist of your numerical results. You should work independently, although of course you can certainly talk and exchange ideas with one another. I would like a brief outline (one page or less) of what you plan to do by Monday, November 14, and would like to receive the term papers themselves by Friday, December 3 at 5PM. I would prefer if you would check with me (email is fine) before you choose a topic; I will try to make sure not too many...
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