# SK2752 Statistical Physics 7.5 credits

### Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

## Course information

### 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

In case of 10 or more students registering for the course, examination will be through a written exam.

In case of less than 10 participants, examination will be trough homework problems

### Literature and preparations

#### Specific prerequisites *

• Basic physics (equivalent IF1603, SK1108)
• Mathematical analysis in several variables (equivalent SF1626)
• Statistics (equivalent SF1901)

#### Recommended prerequisites

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#### Equipment

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#### Literature

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

### Examination and completion

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

#### Examination *

• INL1 - Exercise, 7.5 credits, Grading scale: 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 course contains 12 lectures and 6 exercise occasions.

In case of less than 10 participants the course will be given as a self study course with take home problems and weekly meetings for questions and discussions

#### 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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#### Examiner

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### Further information

#### Course web

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#### Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics

#### Main field of study *

Engineering Physics

Second cycle