**PHYS3020
STATISTICAL PHYSICS**

Students should only enrol into PHYS3020 if they have already passed PHYS3080.

All other students should enrol into PHYS3021 Statistical and Solid State Physics in 2012.

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also* Lecture Notes

**Session 1**

**Lecturer: **

Statistical physics
is the study of the physical properties of systems consisting
of large number of particles and its importance arises from
the fact that all macroscopic objects and complex microscopic
objects are systems of this kind. Physical phenomena described
by statistical physics include properties of gases, liquids
and solids, phase transitions, equilibrium in chemical reactions,
complex atoms and nuclei, "usual" and neutron stars, Cosmic
background radiation and creation of matter after Big Bang.

__Assumed knowledge:__

- Thermal Physics and Quantum
Physics on the introductory level (PHYS 2060, PHYS 2040
or equivalent courses).

__Assessment:__

- Assignments: 15%
- Mid-session test: 15%
- Two-hour exam: 70%

__Text Book:__

- F. Mandl, Statistical Physics.

__Syllabus:__

- Canonical distribution,
paramagnetism, Einstein solid, ideal gas, equipartition,
grand canonical ensemble, chemical potential, phase
equilibria, Fermi and Bose statistics, Bose condensation,
blackbody radiation.

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