Description of the course

This is a course on critical phenomena (Fall semester of 2013)
taught be me in Sharif University of Technology. It is open to all Phd
and MS students from departments of physics. At the end of the course,
the student is supposed to be able to follow the the existing
literature on the subject and perpare him or herslef for doing original
research.
Prerequisites

Knowledge of statistical mechanics is absolutely necessary. Those who
have not taken a course in statistical mechanics, can first go through
the lecture notes of statistical mechanics.
Our emphasis in the class will be on problem solving so the students
are required to stuy a great deal on their own.
Sources for your study

I will use various sources, books, review articles and lecture notes.
Some of them are as follows:
 Modern Theory of Critical Phenomena, by ShangKeng Ma, Frontiers in Physics, Addison Wesley (1976),
 Lectures on Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena, by Nigel Goldenfeld, Frontiers in Physics, Addison Wesley (1992),
 The theory of critical phenomena, An introduction to
renormalization group; Binney, Dowrik, Fisher and Newman (Clarendon
Press, Oxford, 1992)
Important Notes:
After each lecture I upload a pdf file in Persian which contains the main topic covered in the class and a set of problems. There will be two midterms + one final exam. Your success in these exams essentially hinges on solving these problems. Note that the lecture notes are in the form of preliminary drafts and require a lot of expansions and polishing. Hence they are not a substitute for your own study from books which you may find appropriate. Please note that these lecture notes are being developed and I may update a lecture note several times. The updates are specified by their numbers.
Important Dates:
 Thursday : First MidTerm Exam: Grades
 Thursday : Second MidTerm Exam: Grades
 Thursday : Final Exam.
Lecture notes:
 Chapter 1: Phenomenology
of phase transitions (update 2, material added and reorganized)
 Chapter 2: Widom
scaling hypothesis (update 1)
 Chapter 3: Mean field
solutions for ferromagnetic systems (update 3Potts problem modified)
 Chapter 4: Exact solutions of Ising model in one dimension (update 32D Ising model and related problems added)
 Chapter 5: Renormalization Group, part I.
 Chapter 6: Renormalization Group, part II.
 Chapter 7: Renormalization Group, part III.
 Chapter 8: Landau Ginzburg Theory, the basic formalism
 Chapter 9: The
method of solution of LG models, (update 1)
 Chapter 10: Landau Theory for a real scalar field
 Chapter 11: Perturbation
Theory, (update
2)