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Question about studying statistical mechanics before or after MQ?

  1. May 27, 2017 #1
    i would like to understand if it is advisable to study statistical mechanics before of the MQ (with the classical stat. mec.), or after the MQ all together ??
    Thank you
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  3. May 30, 2017 #2
    What is MQ? Master's Qualifiers? Modern Quantum? What is your background?
  4. May 31, 2017 #3
    Sorry, For MQ i mean QM. My Background is classical physics...
  5. May 31, 2017 #4
    Oh ok! In statistical mechanics you will study both classical and quantum systems. You should be familiar with the particle in a box and harmonic oscillator problems. You also need to know what fermions and bosons are. Textbooks will usually bring these topics up I believe. This should be sufficient for studying out of a text aimed at undergraduate students. Are you self-studying or taking a course? If you are taking a course I would recommend asking the instructor or someone in your department who would be more familiar about the course.
  6. May 31, 2017 #5
    For moment i self-study...
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