Statistical Mechanics & Physics Lab (PHYS3090)


The lectures on Statistical Mechanics aim to provide a theoretical foundation for statistical mechanics, including both classical and quantum distributions.

In the Laboratory Classes, students will choose from a range of experiments that aim to give them an appreciation of the analytical, technical and practical skills required to conduct modern experimental work.

Further unit of study information


Nineteen 1-hour lectures and twelve 4-hour experimental labs


One 1.5 hour exam, assignments, laboratory reports and presentation.


An Introduction to Thermal Physics, Daniel V. Schroeder.

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

(PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912)


PHYS3991, PHYS3990

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.