IF2692 Statistical Physics 7.5 credits

Statistisk fysik

Please note

This course has been cancelled.

This course is no longer offered.

A suitable replacement course is:

SI2510 Statistical mechanics

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

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

Last planned examination: autumn 19.

At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.

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 main content

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


Recommended prerequisites

Basic thermodynamics


Differential ekvations

Quantum mechanics


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


  • ANN1 - Exercise, 7.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

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

Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics


Oscar Tjernberg


Oscar Tjernberg <oscar@kth.se>

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.


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2008.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2008.