Available in 2017

Course handbook


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.

Availability2017 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2017

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the 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.


  • Review 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


This course replaces PHYS3370 If you have successfully completed PHYS3370 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

PHYS1210, PHYS1220, MATH2310

Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Reports

In Term Test: In-class tests

Formal Examination: Final exam

Project: Project Report

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Tutorial: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory lab induction.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Lectures will be by Access Grid to James Cook University.


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorials will be with local tutor.