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Course content

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.

Learning outcome

To give the students a general background to thermodynamics and statistical physics.


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Recommended previous knowledge

Knowledge corresponding to the following courses at the University of Oslo:

Overlapping courses

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.

Regulations for mandatory assignments can be found here.


Compulsory exercises. Pass/not pass, which has to be passed in order to sit the final exam. Final written 4 hours exam.

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

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.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

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

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.

Facts about this course






Every spring

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


Every spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)