Syllabus academic year 2007/2008

Higher education credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Level: A (Second level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand. FMF150 overlap following cours/es: FFFN05. Optional for: F3, F3asf, F3fs, F3tf, Pi4. Course coordinator: Ass prof Gunnar Ohlén,, Fysik, kurslaboratoriet. Recommended prerequisits: Basic quantum mechanics. The course might be cancelled if the numer of applicants is less than 8. Assessment: Written exam and written presentation of a project. Home page:

To give the foundations of statistical physics that is needed both in applications and for studies in theoretical physics.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

- know the fundamentals of statistical physics

- apply the theory on concrete problems in different areas of physics

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

- use the methods of statistical physics for analysis och computation of relevant physical problems

- carry through a project

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

- decide when a quantummechanical analysis is nessecary

Basic principles of thermodynamics, the thermodynamic laws. Temperature and entropy. Work and heat. Differentials and differential relations. Statistical methods. Systems and ensembles. Partition functions and their properties. Phases and phase transitions. Quantum statistics for ideal gases. Fermi-Dirac statistics and properties of electron gases. Bose-Einstein statistics and Plancks law of radiation. Ising model

Schroeder, D.V.: An Introduction to Thermal Physics, Addison Wesley Longman, 2000.