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%
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.
Microstates and Macrostates, foundation of statistical physics or mechanics.
The Boltzmann distribution applied to gases gives rise to a speed distribution known as the Maxwell–Boltzmann distribution.
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.
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
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