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.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

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.

Learning outcome

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.

Overlapping courses


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.

Grading scale


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) Oct. 21, 2020 1:12:05 PM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)