An introduction to the physics of many-particle systems. The laws of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. The structure of crystalline solids, and the thermal and electrical properties of solid state systems.
|Paper title||Thermal and Condensed Matter Physics|
|Teaching period||Semester 1 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,141.35|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- MATH 140 or MATH 170
- Pre or Corequisite
- PHSI 221 or CHEM 201
- PHSI 332
- Schedule C
- Teaching staff
D. V. Schroeder, An Introduction to Thermal Physics, Addison Wesley Longman.
* S. H. Simon, The Oxford Solid State Basics, Oxford (optional).
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy,
Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
- State the laws of thermodynamics and understand their significance in providing the framework for classical thermal physics.
- Understand how the second law of thermodynamics emerges from statistical considerations, and derive the thermodynamic behaviour of simple systems from first principles.
- Use thermal and statistical physics to determine the physical properties of realistic systems.
- Describe a crystalline solid in terms of the direct and reciprocal lattices, and infer crystal structures from X-ray diffraction data.
- Understand optical, vibrational and electronic wave propagation in crystalline solids.
- Use appropriate microscopic models to describe the physical properties of metals, insulators, semiconductors, and magnetic systems.