FYS4130 – Statistical Mechanics
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.
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.
You will obtain a general background in thermodynamics and statistical physics. In particular, you will be able to understand the fundamental properties of gases, liquids and solids. In addition you will obtain a theoretical foundation for further studies of systems with many particles or degrees of freedom.
Admission to the course
Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.
If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.
Recommended previous knowledge
- FYS-MEK1110 – Mechanics
- FYS1120 – Electromagnetism
- FYS2130 – Oscillations and Waves
- FYS2140 – Quantum Physics
- FYS2160 – Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
- 10 credits overlap with FYS3130 – Statistical mechanics (discontinued).
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 mandatory assignments.
Regulations for mandatory assignments can be found here.
Two mandatory assignments which are evaluated as approved/not approved, and which have to be approved in order to sit the final exam. Final written exam (4 hours).
Examination support material
- Approved calculator
- Rottman: "Matematisk formelsamling"
Øgrim and Lian or Angell and Lian: Fysiske størrelser og enheter
- Two A4 pages with handwritten notes
Language of examination
The examination text is given in Norwegian. If the course is taught in English, the examination text will only be given in English. You may answer in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
Resit an examination
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