Statistical Mechanics & Project (Adv) (PHYS3991)

UNIT OF STUDY

The lectures on Statistical Mechanics aim to provide a theoretical foundation for statistical mechanics, including both classical and quantum distributions. In the Project, students will spend about 4 hours per week working on a research experiment or theoretical project supervised by a researcher. The aim is for students to acquire an understanding of the nature of research by carrying out a project under the supervision of a researcher, and as part of a research group.

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Classes

Nineteen 1-hour lectures and 4 hours/week with a research group.

Assessment

One 1.5-hour exam, assignments, project report and presentation (100%).

Textbooks

An Introduction to Thermal Physics, David V. Schroeder.

Faculty/department permission required?

Yes

Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Average mark of at least 70 across (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912).

Prohibitions

PHYS3090, PHYS3990

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