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    Advanced topics in many-body physics: the quantum ideal gas, classical and quantum transport phenomena, and phase transitions in interacting systems.

    About this paper

    Paper title Advanced Statistical Mechanics
    Subject Physics
    EFTS 0.0833
    Points 10 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
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    Limited to
    BSc(Hons), PGDipSci, MSc
    Teaching staff
    Dr Philip Brydon

    An introduction to thermal physics, Daniel V. Schroeder, Addison Wesley Longman.

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    Learning Outcomes

    After completing this paper students are expected to have achieved the following major learning objectives:

    • Understand the effect of indistinguishability on the statistical properties of matter
    • Apply the appropriate quantum statistical method to calculate the thermal properties of ideal quantum systems
    • Use kinetic theory to understand the transport properties of a gas
    • Solve stochastic differential equations for particles undergoing Brownian motion
    • Use the mean-field approximation to study magnetism in the Ising model
    • Develop a general phenomenological description of a system undergoing a phase transition


    Semester 1

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    This paper is taught On Campus
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