(Created 2009-08-11.)

THERMODYNAMICS AND STATISTICAL PHYSICS | FMF150 |

**Aim**

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 out a project

*Judgement and approach*

For a passing grade the student must

**Contents**

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

**Literature**

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