Postgraduate course

Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics

Semester of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course gives an introduction to the Gibbs ensemble formulation of statistical thermodynamics, both in classical and quantum formalism: applications for gases, chemical reactions, binary molecular systems, magnetisation, electron gas and photon gas. The thermodynamics of mixtures and multi-phase systems will be discussed, along with examples of phase transitions and phase diagrams.

Learning Outcomes

After taking the course, students should be able to:

- describe classical and quantum systems with a very large number of particles in a rigorous way, based on the microscopic properties of these particles.

- deduce properties of macroscopic bodies and materials. This is of importance in astrophysics, condensed matter physics, solid state physics, liquid and gas theory and nuclear matter studies.

Required Previous Knowledge

Basic knowledge of minimum 60 ECTS in physics.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

PHYS 115 and PHYS201

Forms of Assessment

Oral exam. Mid-term exam or other exercises can be included in the final grade.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Oral examination

    Withdrawal deadline