FYS-1376 Statistical Physics, 3 cr


Jouko Nieminen


Toteutuskerta Periodi Vastuuhenkilö Suoritusvaatimukset
FYS-1376 2019-01 4 Jouko Nieminen
Accepted exam on the contents of the course. The grade is determined from the exam and weekly assignments.


After completing the course, the student is able to construct the connection between fundamental laws of physics governing the microstate of a system and the thermodynamical quantities and laws describing the macroscopic world and practically infinite systems. In addition to conceptual understanding, the student can mathematically deal with classical and quantum mechanical problems at the macroscopic limit. Furthermore she/he can solve simple problems in statistical physics and interpret the results.


Sisältö Ydinsisältö Täydentävä tietämys Erityistietämys
1. Entropy and statistical weight of macrostates.  Derivation of Boltzmann and Gibbs statistics.   
2. Partition funktion, expectation values and thermodynamical potentials  Calculation of macroscopic average values for exemplar systems, such as rotating molecules or ideal gas.   
3. Boltzmann distribution, Gibbs distribution, Fermi-Dirac distribution and Bose-Einstein distribution.  Application of distribution functions to fermi gas, black body radiation and Bose condensate.   
4. Interacting systems of phase transitions.  Ising model, mean field theory and Monte Carlo method.   

Ohjeita opiskelijalle osaamisen tasojen saavuttamiseksi

The mark is determined from a final exam and solved weekly exercises.


Numerical evaluation scale (0-5)


Tyyppi Nimi Tekijä ISBN URL Lisätiedot Tenttimateriaali
Book   An introduction to thermal physics   D.V. Schroeder         Yes   


Opintojakso P/S Selite
FYS-1340 Termofysiikka Advisable   1

1 . Muutoin hankitut kurssilla tarvittavat termodynamiikan pohjatiedot.


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Päivittäjä: Kunnari Jaana, 05.03.2019