- Code PHYS3103
- Unit Value 6 units
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Apply classical equilibrium thermodynamics to make physical predictions.
- Describe 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.
- Wattle Quizzes - average 2 per week (10) [LO 1,2,4,5]
- Short Wattle Quizzes (1 question each) (5) [LO 1,2,4,5]
- Tutorial Homework Questions (1 question per week) (10) [LO 1,2,4,5]
- One Traditional problems assignment (5) [LO 1,2,4,5]
- Computational Projects x 2 (4) [LO 3]
- 1 x essay or video (6) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Mid-semester exam (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Final Exam (35) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 3 x 1 hour lectures per week with additional time for Wattle quiz after each lecture and a 2 hour workshop per week.
- Approximately 70 hours of self directed study which will include preparation for lectures, quizzes and other assessment tasks.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsIntroduction to Statistical Physics by Kerson Huang, 2nd edition, CRC press, ISBN 978-1-4200-7902-9
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|8295||22 Jul 2024||29 Jul 2024||31 Aug 2024||25 Oct 2024||In Person||N/A|