Teaching and exams spring 2022

At the MN Faculty teaching is in-person this spring, but there may still be cases of online or hybrid teaching.

Please see the semester page, Canvas or your regular channel of information for changes in teaching and form of examination.

Course content

This course will give you a thorough introduction to thermodynamics and statistical physics, with an emphasis on the fundamental properties of gases, liquids and solids. The course also gives you a theoretical foundation for further studies of systems with many particles or degrees of freedom.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, you:

  • are able to compute (numerically and analytically) thermodynamic quantities and correlation functions for quantum mechanical and classical models in statistical mechanics using various techniques and approximations.
  • have gained experience with models of gases, liquids, electrons in materials, lattice vibrations, and magnetism.
  • are able to deduce and mathematically transform thermodynamic identities. You can also use thermodynamic stability criteria, and you can characterize phase transitions.
  • have knowledge about terms and concepts related to the renormalization group (RG), and you can use it to deduce critical exponents.
  • are able to deduce the master equation, and use it to construct various Monte Carlo algorithms.

Admission to the course

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

Overlapping courses


The course is taught over a full semester with 6 hours of teaching per week:

  • 4 hours of lectures
  • 2 hours of exercises

This course has 2 mandatory assignments that must be approved before you can sit the final exam.

Regulations for mandatory assignments can be found here.


  • Final written exam (4 hours) which counts 100 % towards the final grade.

Two mandatory assignments must be approved before you can sit the final exam.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: FYS3130 – Statistical mechanics (discontinued)

Examination support material

  • Approved calculator    
  • Rottman: "Matematisk formelsamling"
  • Øgrim and Lian or Angell and Lian: Fysiske størrelser og enheter
  • One A4 sheet (two pages) with handwritten notes

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English. You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

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.

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) May 19, 2022 5:12:10 AM

Facts about this course


If the course is offered, a minimum of 4 students is required for ordinary lectures to take place. If less than 4 students participate, an exam will be given, but one should not expect ordinary teaching.

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)