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PH3008 - Statistical Mechanics and Transport

Credit points: 03
Year: 2019
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.
Prerequisites: PH2019 AND PH2002 AND MA2000
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
PH2008

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coord/Lect: Professor Ronald White.
Contact hours:
  • 65 hours lectures
  • 39 hours workshops/Seminars
    Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); quizzes or tests (20%); project, hand-in problems (10%); labs (20%).

    Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
    Census Date 28-Mar-2019
    Contact hours:
    • 65 hours lectures
    • 39 hours workshops/Seminars
      Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); quizzes or tests (20%); project, hand-in problems (10%); labs (20%).

      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.