- Code PHYS6103
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Physics
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Physics
- Areas of interest Physics
This core 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 superuidity. It is a course of essential importance for all students wishing to understand condensed matter and many-body systems.
This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Apply classical equilibrium thermodynamics to make physical predictions.
- Discuss the effects of quantum mechanics on statistical mechanics.
- Use computer simulation techniques to model physical systems with noise, such as the Langevin equation.
- Apply statistical mechanics to condensed matter systems and to such examples as the Bose and Fermi gases, and superconductors.
- Explain how the order parameter is used in describing phase transitions.
- Develop critical thinking and problem-solving abilities with application to a diverse range of practical problems in classical thermodynamics and statistical mechanics.
- Demonstrate high level oral and written communication skills
- Online Quizzes (30) [LO 1,2,4,5]
- Computational Project (15) [LO 1,3]
- Exam (40) [LO 1,2,4,5]
- Research topic oral presentation (15) [LO 1,2,4,5,6,7]
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Three 1 hour lectures per week, augmented by Wattle quizzes after each lecture. Plus 7 hours per week of associated study.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
Introduction to Statistical Physics by Kerson Huang, 2nd edition, CRC press, ISBN 978-1-4200-7902-9
Multi variable calculus. Ordinary and partial differential equations and the solution of boundary value problems. Vector calculus including gradient, divergence and curl, Stoke's theorem and the divergence theorem.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|6344||24 Jul 2023||31 Jul 2023||31 Aug 2023||27 Oct 2023||In Person||N/A|