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IF2692 Statistical Physics 7.5 credits

This course is no longer offered.

A suitable replacement course is:

SI2510 Statistical mechanics

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus IF2692 (Autumn 2008–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • The microscopic foundations of thermodynamics
  • Ensembles
  • Identical particles and distributions
  • Quantum liquids
  • Phase transitions
  • Applications in economics (on request)

Intended learning outcomes

State the principal assumptions behind the statistical mechanical description.

- Derive Bolzman’s law from the above assumptions.

- Use knowledge from probability theory and quantum mechanics to calculate the relevant partition function for a given system model.

- Motivate the second law of thermodynamics starting from Bolzman’s law.

- Calculate thermodynamic functions from the partition function for a given system.

- Chose the appropriate (calculable) ensemble for a given system.

- Chose and minimize the adequate thermodynamic function in order to find the equilibrium state of a system.

- Starting from a real life situation and using knowledge in quantum mechanics, mechanics, solid state physics etc. create a system model whose partition function can be calculated.

- Critically evaluate the relevance and applicability of a system model.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

Basic thermodynamics


Differential ekvations

Quantum mechanics


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Introductory statistical mechanics, R. Bowley and M. SánchezUpplaga: 2a Förlag: Oxford science publications År: 1999ISBN: 0198505760

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • ANN1 - Exercise, 7,5 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

The examination of the course is done through home work problems.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Profile picture Oscar Tjernberg

Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web IF2692

Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics

Main field of study


Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Oscar Tjernberg

Supplementary information

The course is evaluated and developed according to the KTH policy for Course Analysis (see KTH-Handbok 2, Tab 14.1)

The course is replaced by SK2752 as from autumn term 2017.