• Offered by Physics Education Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Physics
  • Areas of interest Physics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof David Williams
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
    Second Semester 2019
    See Future Offerings

This core third year physics course develops statistical mechanics and condensed matter physics. It is based on the textbook Introduction to Statistical Physics by Kerson Huang, and will cover thermodynamics and the various ensembles in statistical physics. We then move onto phase transitions, noise, the Langevin equation, and quantum systems such as Bose and Fermi gases. To conclude we examine order parameters, superconductivity and superfluidity. It is a course of essential importance for all students wishing to understand condensed matter and many-body systems.

This course is one of the 3rd year options for the physics major, and is recommended for those intending to do honours in Physics.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Apply classical equilibrium thermodynamics to make physical predictions.
  2. Describe the effects of quantum mechanics on statistical mechanics.
  3. Use computer simulation techniques to model physical systems with noise, such as the Langevin equation.
  4. Apply statistical mechanics to condensed matter systems and to such examples as the Bose and Fermi gases, and superconductors.
  5. Explain how the order parameter is used in describing phase transitions.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment consists of:
  1. Online quizzes (35%, LO 1,2,4).
  2. Computational Project (15%, LO 1,3)
  3. Exam (60%, LO 1,2,4).

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Workload

Three 1 hour lectures per week, augmented by Wattle quizzes after each lecture. Plus 7 hours per week of
associated study.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have previously completed PHYS2020 and PHYS2013. Incompatible with PHYS4104.

Prescribed Texts

Introduction to Statistical Physics by Kerson Huang, 2nd edition, CRC press, ISBN 978-1-4200-7902-9

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4233 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9273 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person N/A

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