Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Cycle: A (Second Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand. FMF150 overlaps following cours/es: FFFN05. Optional for: F4, F4tf, MNAV1, Pi4. Course coordinator: Ass prof Gunnar Ohlén,, Department of Physics. Recommended prerequisits: Quantum mechanics corresponding to FAFF10 Atomic and Nuclear Physics with Applications. The course might be cancelled if the number 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

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

decide when a quantum mechanical 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.