Foundations of Physics II: Optics and Statistical Mechanics
PHYSICS 353

Spring 2008
Prof. Raghuveer Parthasarathy
University of Oregon
Physics 353 Spring 2008
NOTES ON THE SOMMERFELD EXPANSION, APPLIED TO N
Start with the relation
N = 0 D( ) f FD ( ) d
(1.1)
where f FD , which Ill simply write f below, is the FermiDirac distribution a
Foundations of Physics II: Optics and Statistical Mechanics
PHYSICS 353

Spring 2008
Prof. Raghuveer Parthasarathy
University of Oregon
Physics 353 Spring 2008
NOTES ON MEAN FIELD THEORY, APPLIED TO THE ISING MODEL
Plot the right (green) and left side (black) of the above relation, versus <s>, for various
temperatures. See where the curve
Foundations of Physics II: Optics and Statistical Mechanics
PHYSICS 353

Spring 2008
Prof. Raghuveer Parthasarathy
University of Oregon; Spring 2008
Physics 353: Problem Set 8
Due date: Wednesday, June 4, 5pm. No late homework will be accepted.
Reading: Kittel & Kroemer Chapter 10
Comments: Only part of this problem set will be graded you
Foundations of Physics II: Optics and Statistical Mechanics
PHYSICS 353

Spring 2008
Prof. Raghuveer Parthasarathy
University of Oregon; Spring 2008
Physics 353: Problem Set 7
Due date: Wednesday, May 28, 5pm.
Reading: Kittel & Kroemer Chapter 7
Comments: This problem set is quite short to help provide time to work on your project. The fi
Foundations of Physics II: Optics and Statistical Mechanics
PHYSICS 353

Spring 2008
Prof. Raghuveer Parthasarathy
University of Oregon; Spring 2008
Physics 353: Problem Set 6
Due date: Wednesday, May 21, 5pm.
Reading: Kittel & Kroemer Chapter 7
Comments: Several problems involve simple numerical estimates. Dont consider more than 2 signi
Foundations of Physics II: Optics and Statistical Mechanics
PHYSICS 353

Spring 2008
Prof. Raghuveer Parthasarathy
University of Oregon; Spring 2008
Physics 353: Problem Set 5
Due date: Wednesday, May 14, 5pm.
Reading: Kittel & Kroemer Chapter 6 (first part) and Chapter 7 (first part).
1, 6 pts. Particle states1. Consider a system of six
Foundations of Physics II: Optics and Statistical Mechanics
PHYSICS 353

Spring 2008
Prof. Raghuveer Parthasarathy
University of Oregon; Spring 2008
Physics 353: Problem Set 4 modified April 28, 2008
Due date: Wednesday, April 30, 5pm. Due to the Midterm, no late homework will be accepted.
Reading: Kittel & Kroemer Chapter 5; Chapter 9.
1
Foundations of Physics II: Optics and Statistical Mechanics
PHYSICS 353

Spring 2008
Prof. Raghuveer Parthasarathy
University of Oregon; Spring 2008
Physics 353: Problem Set 3
Due date: Wednesday, April 23, 5pm. (Turn in to the assignment to the box outside my door.)
Reading: Kittel & Kroemer Chapter 4; start Chapter 5.
1, 5 pts. Kittel a
Foundations of Physics II: Optics and Statistical Mechanics
PHYSICS 353

Spring 2008
Prof. Raghuveer Parthasarathy
University of Oregon; Spring 2008
Physics 353: Problem Set 2
Due date: Wednesday, April 16, 5pm. (Turn in to the assignment to the box outside my door.)
Reading: Kittel & Kroemer Chapter 4.
1 (2 pts.) Graphs. To get a feeling
Foundations of Physics II: Optics and Statistical Mechanics
PHYSICS 353

Spring 2008
Prof. Raghuveer Parthasarathy
University of Oregon; Spring 2008
Physics 353: Problem Set 1 corrected Apr. 2, 2008
Due date: Wednesday, April 9, 5pm. (Turn in to the assignment to the box outside my door.)
Reading: Kittel & Kroemer Chapter 8 through p. 244