Phys 7310

Statistical Mechanics

Spring Semester 2020

Monday, Wednesday; 3:00 – 4:20 pm; JFB 325

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Instructor: Prof. Oleg Starykh

Email: starykh[at]


Phone Number: 801-581-6424                                

Office Hours:        to be decided       

Office Location: JFB 304         


Required Materials

Recommended textbook “Statistical Mechanics” by R. K. Pathria and Paul D. Beale (ISBN-10: 9789380931890, Amazon page of the book).

·  Lecture notes will be provided.

·  Bi-weekly homework assignments

·  Attendance is expected



University Policies


1.    The Americans with Disabilities Act. The University of Utah seeks to provide equal access to its programs, services, and activities for people with disabilities. If you will need accommodations in this class, reasonable prior notice needs to be given to the Center for Disability Services, 162 Olpin Union Building, (801) 581-5020. CDS will work with you and the instructor to make arrangements for accommodations. All written information in this course can be made available in

an alternative format with prior notification to the Center for Disability Services.

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