Statistical Mechanics and Project (Adv) (PHYS3991)


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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Further unit of study information


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


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


An Introduction to Thermal Physics, David V. Schroeder.

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

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


PHYS3090 or PHYS3990

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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.