FYS4130 – Statistical mechanics
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Review of thermodynamics. Microcanonical, canonical and grand canonical ensembles. Real gases and liquids. Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac statistics. Magnetic system, phase transitions and spin models. Random walks, Brownian motion, Markov processes and the master equation.
To give the students a general background to thermodynamics and statistical physics.
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Formal prerequisite knowledge
Recommended previous knowledge
Knowledge corresponding to the following courses at the University of Oslo: FYS-MEK1110 - Mechanics, FYS1120 - Electromagnetism, FYS2130 - Waves and oscillations, FYS2140 - Quantum physics and FYS2160 - Thermodynamics and statistical physics.
10 credits overlap against FYS3130 - Statistical mechanics (discontinued) (now available only as FYS4130).
The course is given in the spring term and contains up to 6 hours of teaching (4 h of lectures and 2 h of exercises) per week.The students have to hand in two compulsory papers.
Compulsory exercises. Pass/not pass, which has to be passed in order to sit the final exam. Final written 4 hours exam with approx. 100% weight (primo June).
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Explanations and appeals
Resit an examination
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Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.