763620S Statistical physics, 10 ECTS cr
Code 
763620S 
Validity 
01.01.1950 

Name 
Statistical physics 
Abbreviation 
STATISTICAL PHY 
Scope  10 ECTS cr 


Type  Advanced Studies 
Discipline  3253 Theoretical Physics 
Type  Course 




Grading  1  5, pass, fail 
 
 


 
Unit 
Field of Physics 

Description
ECTS Credits 
10 ECTS credits 
Language of instruction 
English 
Timing 
First and second period, 3rd  5th year 
Learning outcomes 
To recognize the basics of statistical physics and to apply them to thermodynamics, noninteracting classical, Bose and Fermi gases, to perturbation theory of interacting systems and to phase transitions. 
Contents 
Statistical physics studies how the microscopic properties of particles are connected to the macroscopic properties of matter. The course begins with an overview of the classical thermodynamics, and continues with quantum mechanical concepts of statistical physics: the density operator, partition function etc. The statistical properties of noninteracting fermions and bosons form a central part of the course, after which some methods for studying interacting systems are introduced. The course finishes with a description of the phase transitions and critical phenomena. 
Mode of delivery 
Facetoface teaching 
Learning activities and teaching methods 
Lectures 50 h, exercises 30 h, selfstudy 187 h 
Target group 
Theoretical physics students and students interested in the microscopical foundations of the properties of matter. Also for the other students of the University of Oulu. 
Prerequisites and corequisites 
Quantum mechanics II (763313A) and Thermodynamics (766328A), also recommended is Advanced quantum mechanics (763622S). 
Recommended optional programme components 
No alternative course units or course units that should be completed simultaneously. 
Recommended or required reading 
J. Arponen: Statistinen fysiikka (in Finnish).
L.E. Reichl: A Modern Course in Statistical Physics.
Lecture notes. 
Assessment methods and criteria 
One written examination.
Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage. 
Grading 
Numerical grading scale 0 – 5, where 0 = fail 
Person responsible 
Matti Alatalo 
Working life cooperation 
No work placement period 

Current and future instruction
No instruction in WebOodi 
Future examinations
No examinations in WebOodi 