Statistical Mechanics and Transport Processes

Course code PHYS3375Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Concepts and techniques of statistical physics are important in many areas, including thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and solid state physics. It is therefore important that students undertaking a major in physics have some understanding of the material in this area. This course introduces some of the key topics and constitutes an introduction to the physics of many body systems. Computer exercises will illustrate some of the common simulation techniques used to model physical systems.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory course component in the course outline provided by the school.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:

1. understand the main ideas, concepts and techniques used in statistical physics
2. apply their knowledge of statistical physics to real physical systems
3. develop their analytic skills through exposure to problems at an advanced level
4. enhance their computing skills
5. enhance their written and communication skills.
ContentReview of classical thermodynamics and thermodynamic coordinates
Equilibrium statistical mechanics and ensemble theory
Classical and Quantum Statistics
Applications eg ideal gases, heat capacity, magnetism, Bose-Einstein condensation, Fermi-Dirac gases
Introduction to non-equilibrium statistical mechanics and transport theory
Replacing Course(s)PHYS3370 Statistical Physics 10 units
TransitionPHYS3375 will be a direct replacement for PHYS3370 so students unable to complete PHYS3370 will be able to attempt PHYS3375.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePHYS1210, PHYS1220, MATH2310
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Student Projects
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Component: In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory lab induction.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PHYS3375