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Statistical Mechanics

When you'll study it
Semester 2
CATS points
15
ECTS points
7.5
Level
Level 5
Module lead
Andrew Akeroyd
Academic year
2022-23

Module overview

Statistical mechanics links the microscopic properties of physical systems to their macroscopic properties. Thermodynamics, which describes macroscopic properties, can then be derived from statistical mechanics with a few well motivated postulates. It leads to a microscopic interpretation of thermodynamic concepts, such as thermal equilibrium, temperature and entropy. In the course the basic principles of statistical mechanics will be introduced with applications to the physics of matter.

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: PHYS1013