Statistical mechanics

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode WMPH029-05
Vaknaam Statistical mechanics
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Statistical mechanics
Leerdoelen At the end of this course, students should be able to:
1. explain the connection between micro and macroscopic properties, the role of probability and entropy;
2. solve theoretical problems ranging from magnetic properties to properties of stars based on knowledge of microscopic properties and statistical information;
3. derive equations for thermodynamical properties;
4. has a thorough understanding of statistical mechanics;
5. the student can numerically model statistical mechanics problems.
Omschrijving In this course the following subjects of statistical mechanics are treated: equilibrium ensembles, both classical and quantummechanical, equivalence of ensembles, the ideal Fermi gas, the ideal Bose gas, the Ising model, phase transitions, moleculardynamics, and Brownian motion and fluctuations.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM), Werkcollege (T)
(LC 32, T 14, ASM 2, self study 92)
Toetsvorm Opdracht (AST), Schriftelijk tentamen (WE)
(70% WE, 30% ASM)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator Dr. T.L.C. Jansen
Docent(en) Dr. T.L.C. Jansen
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs


Power Points
T.L.C. Jansen

Book (chapters)

Statistical Mechanics
K. Huang 0-471-81518-7
Notes on advanced topics T.L.C. Jansen
Select chapters from:
"Concepts in Thermal Physics" 2nd
Blundell and Blundell 978-0199562107
Video Explanations of Essential Concepts T.L.C. Jansen
Entreevoorwaarden The course unit assumes prior knowledge acquired from the courses Statistical Physics and Quantum Physics 1, 2.
Opmerkingen To pass the course the final mark should be 5.5 or higher in all parts individually. If a partial exam was not done the mark for the exam will be counted as a 0. Should the average be higher than 5.5, but one or more parts of the exam not passed the final mark will be 5. The final mark is rounded to the closest half mark, with the exception of the mark 5.5, which is not used.

This course was registered last year with course code NASM-07
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