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Module MA3444: Statistical Physics II

Credit weighting (ECTS)
5 credits
Semester/term taught
Hilary term 2012-13
Contact Hours
11 weeks, 3 lectures including tutorials per week
Prof. Stefan Sint
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
  • Explain the difference between fermions and bosons and work out the consequences for N-particle systems at low temperatures;
  • Make content with the classical regime at hight teperatures and or low particle densities;
  • Apply the formalism of statistical physics to systems wihout particle number conservation (e.g. photons, phonons);
  • Apply the formalism of quantum statistical physics to simple model systems;
  • Apply the formalism of thermodynamics to magnetic/spin systems;
  • Do a mean field analysis of spin systems;
  • Solve the 1-dimensional Ising model, and show familiarity with Peierl's argument in 2 dimensions
Module Content
Module Prerequisite
MA3443 - Statistical Physics I
Assessment Detail
This module will be examined jointly with MA3443 in a 3-hour examination in Trinity term, except that those taking just one of the two modules will have a 2 hour examination. However there will be separate results for MA3444 and MA3443. Continuous assessment will contribute 10% to the final grade for the module at the annual examination session.