Course syllabus

# Termodynamik och statistisk fysik

Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics

## FMF150, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

## General Information

## Aim

## Learning outcomes

## Contents

## Examination details

## Admission

## Reading list

## Contact and other information

Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics

Valid for: 2013/14

Decided by: Education Board B

Date of Decision: 2013-04-10

Main field: Nanoscience.

Elective for: F4, F4-tf, Pi4

Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand

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

Competences and skills

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

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

Grading scale: TH

Assessment: Written exam and written presentation of a project.

Required prior knowledge: Quantum mechanics corresponding to FAFF10 Atomic and Nuclear Physics with Applications.

The number of participants is limited to: No

The course overlaps following course/s: FFFN05

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

Course coordinator: Ragnar Bengtsson, ragnar.bengtsson@matfys.lth.se

Course homepage: http://www.matfys.lth.se/education/FMF150