# Course outlines, Statistical physics, Phys 3375

Course Outline

Islamic University of Gaza                                  Physics Department

Name of instructor: Prof.Dr. Mohmmed M. Shabat

Name of the course: Statistical physics

Postgraduate studies: First degree in physics

Number of the course credit hours: 3 hours

Prerequisites: Introduction to Statistical physics, Heat and thermodynamics

Method of Evaluation:

Quizzes and activities                    15%

Assignments                               10%

Midterm exam.                           25%

Final Exam.                                   50%

Unit – 1

Review of the basic principles of Thermodynamics, First Law, work, heat, heat capacity, Second Law,  Third law, Entropy. Statistics and Probabilities.

Unit-2

Microstates and Macrostates, foundation of statistical physics or mechanics.

Unit 3

The Boltzmann distribution applied to gases gives rise to a speed distribution known as the Maxwell–Boltzmann distribution.

Unit 4

Statistics of ensembles, statistics of indistinguishable particles, Maxwell — Boltzmann, Fermi Dirac and Bose- Einstein statistics, properties of ideal Bose gases, Bose. Einstein condensation, properties of ideal Fermi gas, electron gas in metals, Boltzmann transport equation.

Unit 5

This unit contains a short project covering one of the above subject.

The students have to present their works at the end of the semester.

Learning Outcomes :

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

Describe the state of a quantum mechanical system in a number of

Microstates.

Derive the distribution function for Maxwell – Boltzmann distribution

Apply Maxwell’s velocity distribution

Calculate canonical partition functions for simple systems

Apply Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac distribution functions

Canonical Ensembles and Grand Canonical Ensembles..

Text Books and reference book:

1. S. J. Blundell and K.M. Blundell, Concepts in Thermal  Physics, Oxford University Press, U.K.,  2006
2. A J Pointon. Introduction to Statistical Physics For Students
3. R K Pathria, Statistical Mechanics,
4. F Reif , Statistical and thermal Physics