**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:**

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