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Statistical Physics 2


Admission Requirements

Statistical Physics 1


In comparison to Statistical Physics 1 we will increase the complexity of the systems to allow for interactions between objects. This requires the introduction of approximation methods. We will specifically discuss the virial expansion, the van der Waals equation of state, low- and high-temperature expansions, and mean field theory. This will give us handles to study complex problems like the gas-liquid phase transition, the spontaneous magnetization of a system of interacting spins, and the interaction between charged objects immersed in a salt solution.

Course objectives

Learn how to handle physics problems that cannot be solved exactly by using various approximation methods.



Mode of instruction

Lectures and Tutorials

Assessment method

Written exam
Homework (bonus)


Lecture notes, additional readings and assignments will be provided.
To have access to Blackboard you need a ULCN-account.Blackboard UL)

Reading list

Daijiro Yoshioka, Statistical Physics, An Introduction
Excerpts from (will be provided): Claude Garrod, Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics; Frederick Reif, Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics