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PH2008 - Thermal and Statistical Physics

[Offered in even-numbered years]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Engineering

Elements of thermodynamics, statistical mechanics and kinetic theory. Applications to gases, semi-conductors, quantum systems and energy systems.

Learning Outcomes

  • be able to solve practical problems associated with the theoretical background;
  • be competent with experimental and empirical work and write reports;
  • understand a selection of theoretical developments in physics to be covered.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area.
Prerequisites: MA1003 and PH1005 and (PH1006 or PH1007)


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coord/Lect: Professor Ronald White.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 13 hours practicals
  • 25 hours workshops/Seminars - Laboratory
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); other exams (20%); assignments (15%); practical work (15%).

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