
After completion of this course, the student is able to;

Linked to learning outcome* 
 appreciate the concept of deriving macroscopic materials properties by applying suitable averaging procedures to large numbers of atomic/molecular constituents of a system

1.1; 2.1 
 understand the concept of the different thermodynamic ensembles and the corresponding microscopic distribution functions

1.1 
 understand the consequences of interactions for the phase behavior of many body systems,

1.1 
 mathematically deal with statistical averages over very large ensembles.

2.1 
 critically analyze problems of statistical physics and develop hypotheses and solution concepts for such problems (seminar)

3.1, 4 
 present and discuss general topics related to statistical physics in a general context (symposium)

3.2, 5.1 


Condensed matter physics describes the macroscopic materialsâ€™ properties. The goal of Statistical Physics is to calculate such macroscopic properties and behavior based on a suitable statistical average of the properties of the individual atoms or molecules making up the material. The goal of the course is to understand the physical and mathematical concepts involved in this averaging process for a series of different boundary conditions and a set of specific physical systems, including in particular twolevel (spin) systems, harmonic oscillators and ideal gases (both in classical and in quantum limit). Furthermore, the emergence of phase transitions as a consequences of interactions between the atoms and molecules is discussed.
The students are asked to develop an attitude of critical conceptual thinking, in which physical concepts and the development of hypotheses precede any formal calculation.
Participation for NonTN Students
This course is accessible to nonTN students. One can enroll via Osiris student.


 


  Required materialsBookD.V. Schroeder, An Introduction to Thermal Physics, 1st edition, ISBN 10: 0201380277. ISBN 13: 9780192895554 

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