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Unformatted text preview: Physics 212: Statistical mechanics II, Fall 2006 Midterm : ends 11 a.m., Thursday, 11/15/06 Directions : The allotted time is 80 minutes. The 5 problems count equally. No books or notes are allowed, and please ask for help only if a questions meaning is unclear. 1. Meanfield theories: (a) (10 points) Use Landau theory to obtain the meanfield critical exponent for a tricritical point: recall that m H 1 / . (b) (10 points) An ordinary critical point in meanfield theory has = 3 and = 1 / 2. Draw three plots of m versus H at constant temperature, one for T slightly above T c , one for T = T c , and one for T slightly below T c . Indicate how any interesting behaviors related to and appear in your plots. 2. Suppose that for t 0, a single s = 1 / 2 spin is in the thermal equilibrium state at temperature T of the Hamiltonian H = h z z , z = 1 1 . (1) (a) (3 points) What is the value at t = 0 of h S x i = h h 2 x i ? Recall that x = 1 1 , y =...
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This note was uploaded on 08/01/2008 for the course PHYSICS 212 taught by Professor Moore during the Fall '06 term at University of California, Berkeley.
 Fall '06
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 mechanics, Statistical Mechanics

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