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FTF140 - Thermodynamics and statistical physics
Owner: TTFYA
5,0 Credits (ECTS 7,5)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: C
Department: 16 - PHYSICS

Teaching language: Swedish

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0195 Examination 5,0 c Grading: TH   5,0 c   14 Dec 2005 am V,  20 Apr 2006 am V,  30 Aug 2006 am V

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Professor  Aleksandar Matic
Bitr professor  Elsebeth Schröder
Univ lektor  Mats Granath


For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

Classical mechanics and basic quantum physics. Multivariabel analysis. Basic probability theory and statistics.


The purpose of the course is to provide basic knowledge about thermodynamic relations and statistical distributions, so that the student after finished course will be able to apply these laws to various practical problems and also be able to assimilate new scientific and technical information in order to attack novel and more complicated technological problems.


Basic concepts such as Thermodynamic equilibrium, Reversible and Irreversible processes, Functions of state, Work and Heat. The First, Second and Third Law of Thermodynamics seen as empirical macroscopic laws. Statistical description of many-body systems and the concepts of entropy and temperature. Simple applications on classical ideal gases, heat engines, refrigerators and heat pumps. Thermodynamic potentials and the concept of availability of work. Phase equilibria in one-component systems. Microcanonic, Canonic and Grand Canonic ensembles, applied to magnetism, lattice vibrations and gases. The Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein distribution laws for ideal quantal gases, applied to conduction electrons, Bose-Einstein condensation and black-body radiation


Instruction is given in the form of lectures and problem-solving sessions. These are supplemented by two compulsory experimental laborations: The Hot-Air Engine and Critical Phenomena. In addidition there is a non-compulsory home-work project on the Ising model.


F. Mandl: Statistical Physics (Wiley, 2nd edition 1988).

As an alternative, he following book can also be used:
F. Reif: Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics (McGraw-Hill, 1985)


The course ends with a written exam, mostly consisting of problems to be solved. During the course there is a non-compulsory written tests ("dugga") which may give bonus-points for the exam. Bonus points are also given for the home project. The experimental laborations are compulsory andt give no extra bonus points.

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