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Module MAU34406: Statistical Physics II
 Credit weighting (ECTS)
 5 credits
 Semester/term taught
 Hilary term 201920
 Contact Hours
 11 weeks, 3 lectures including tutorials per week
 Lecturer
 Prof Manuela Kulaxizi

 Learning Outcomes
 On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
 Explain the difference between fermions and bosons and work out the consequences for Nparticle systems at low temperatures;
 Make content with the classical regime at high temperatures and or low particle densities;
 Apply the formalism of statistical physics to systems without particle number conservation (e.g. photons, phonons);
 Apply the formalism of quantum statistical physics to simple model systems;
 Apply the formalism of thermodynamics to magnetic/spin systems;
 Do a mean field analysis of spin systems;

 Module Content
 Suggested Literature
 1. Kerson Huang, 'Introduction to Statistical Physics'
 2. L.D. Landau, E.M. Lifshitz, 'Statistical Physics'
 3. James P. Sethna, 'Statistical Mechanics: Entropy, Order Parameters and Complexity'
 4. Lectures of Leonard Susskind on YouTube
 5. Wikipedia
 Module Prerequisite
 MAU34405
 Assessment Detail
 This module will be examined in a 2hour examination in Trinity term. The continuous assessment percentage contribution to the annual results is 20%. Reassessments if required will consist of 100% exam.
