SI2510 Statistical Mechanics 7.5 credits

Statistisk mekanik

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Autumn 19 for programme students

Autumn 19 SAP for Study Abroad Programme (SAP)

  • Periods

    Autumn 19 P1 (7.5 credits)

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  • Language of instruction


  • Campus


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  • Form of study


  • Number of places

    No limitation

  • Course responsible

    Egor Babaev <>

  • Target group

    Only SAP-students. Students from UCAS only.

    Physics Background

  • Application

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Intended learning outcomes

The aim is to give additional knowledge in thermodynamics and statistical physics to what is given in the compulsory courses for F3. The main contents of the course is theory for phase transitions. After finished course the student should be able to:

  • Describe, use and develop mean field theory for first and second order phase transitions.
  • Realize the limitations of mean field theory.
  • Realize the importance and strength of scaling arguments and be able to use such arguments.
  • Be able to perform real space renormalization for simple models.
  • Have knowledge about and be able to use the fundamental concepts in the theory of classical fluids.
  • Ha knowledge about the structure of the solutions to a small number of analytically solvable models.

Course main content

Formal background of statistical mechanics. Classical simple fluids. Integral equation for correlation functions. Phase transitions. Mean field theory. The Ising model. Analytical solutions. Renormalization theory. Percolation and disorder.


Recommended prerequisites: Statistical physics corresponding to SI1161 (5A1340).


M. Plischke & B. Bergersen: Equilibrium Statistical Physics, 3rd edition, World Scientific, 2006.


  • TENA - Examination, 7.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

Requirements for final grade: One written exam (TENA; 7,5 university credits)

Offered by

SCI/Undergraduate Physics


Egor Babaev (


Egor Babaev <>


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2018.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2018.