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PH3008 - Statistical Mechanics and Transport

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Equilibrium statistical mechanics/ensemble theory. Classical and Quantum Statistics. Applications eg ideal gases, heat capacity, magnetism, Bose-Einstein condensation, Fermi-Dirac gases. If time permits, introduction to non-equilibrium statistical mechanics and transport theory.

Learning Outcomes

  • solve mathematical, analytical, and numerical problems associated with Classical and Quantum Statistics, equilibrium and non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, and transport theory;
  • investigate the connection between the behaviours observed in the physical world and the mathematical and physical concepts behind them;
  • explain how approximation and limiting cases can aid in solving analytically intractable problems in an analytical and numerical manner;
  • employ numerical/simulation/computational techniques to model statistical physics processes in real systems.

Subject Assessment

  • end of semester exam (50%)
  • quizzes or tests (20%)
  • project, hand-in problems (10%)
  • labs (20%).
Prerequisites: PH2019 AND PH2002 AND MA2000
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
PH2008

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Coord/Lect: Professor Ronald White.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 65 hours lectures
  • 39 hours workshops/Seminars
  • assessment and self-directed study

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 65 hours lectures
  • 39 hours workshops/Seminars
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.