• Offered by Research School of Physics
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Physics
  • Areas of interest Physics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Vladimir Mangazeev
    • Prof John Close
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2022
    Second Semester 2022
    See Future Offerings

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply classical equilibrium thermodynamics to make physical predictions.
  2. Discuss 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.
  6. Develop critical thinking and problem-solving abilities with application to a diverse range of practical problems in classical thermodynamics and statistical mechanics.
  7. Demonstrate high level oral and written communication skills

Indicative Assessment

  1. Online Quizzes (30) [LO 1,2,4,5]
  2. Computational Project (15) [LO 1,3]
  3. Exam (40) [LO 1,2,4,5]
  4. Research topic oral presentation (15) [LO 1,2,4,5,6,7]

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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.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be active in the Master of Science in Theoretical Physics or Mather of Science (Advanced) in Theoretical Physics Incompatible with PHYS3103

Prescribed Texts

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

Assumed Knowledge

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.

Fees

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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4200
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $6000
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
3507 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 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
6491 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person N/A

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