Statistical Physics

Course Code :1001WETSTF
Study domain:Physics
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:1st semester
Sequentiality:Credit for Math. methods for physics I, II & III, Gen. physics I, & II, Experimental physics I & II, Introduction to anal. mechanics, Introduction to quantum mechanics and Probability theory and statistics.
Contact hours:30
Credits:3
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Jacques Tempere

3. Course contents *

In the first, introductory part we introduce Boltzmann statistics, for distinguishable particles or particles in individual wells. Then we move to the theory of gases by developing Gibbs's ensemble theory and the thermodynamic potentials. This is used in a third part to describe the properties of the ideal mono-atomic and di-atomic gases. The next part focuses on taking into account the quantum mechanical nature of the particles: we introduce quantum statistics, and consequently apply it to (ideal) Bose gases and Fermi gases. Finally, we conclude with a guest lecture by an invited speaker (if available) working in the field of statistical physics.