# 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

Physics

#### 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)*

## Eligibility

## Recommended prerequisites

*Basic thermodynamics*

*Calculus*

*Differential ekvations*

*Quantum mechanics*

## Literature

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

## Examination

- 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

## Contact

Oscar Tjernberg

## Examiner

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.

## Version

Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2008.

Examination information valid from: Spring 2008.