Course title Introduction to Stastical Physics
Code F109
Status undergraduate (obligated)
Level Intermediate
Year 3. Semester 5.
ECTS 5 ECTS credits: Lectures (30 hours) +  Exercises  ( 15 hours)
Lecturer Ramir Ristić, Associate Professor
Course objective Microscopic explanation about fenomenological behaviour of many particle systems.
Prerequisites General Physics 1, 2, 3, 4
Learning outcomes: After successfully completed course, student will be able to

  1. explain the thermodynamic laws
  2.  explain the Boltzmann distribution
  3.  distinguish between Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac distribution
  4. explain black body radiation
Teaching activity ECTS Learning outcome Students activity Methods of evaluation Points
min max
Class attendance Class attendance Evidence list
Knowledge test (preliminary exam) 2,5 1-4 Preparation for written examination Written  preliminary exam 50 50
Final exam 2,5 1-4 Repetition of teaching materials Oral exam (and written exam) 50 50
Total 5 100 100
Consultations Monday 12-14
Gained competencies Understanding the basic physical concepts and relations. Developing analytical and quantitative approach solving problems.
Content (Course curriculum) Intermolecular scatering. Equation of state.Laws of thermodynamics. Thermodynamic potentials. Systems with changeable number of the particles.  Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution. Phase space. Understanding of the second law of thermodynamics. Equipartition theorem.  Barometric equation.  Thermal properties of the ideal gas. Explanation of the third law of thermodynamics. Negative temperature. Black body radiation. Elastic vibrations in crystalline solids.  Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac functions of distribution. Limes of the classical statistical physics. Strongly  degenerated fermi systems. Bose-Einstein condensation.
Recommended reading
  1. Šips, V. Uvod u statističku fiziku, Školska knjiga, Zagreb, 1990.
  2. Lenac, Z., Šips, V. Zadaci iz statističke fizike I, Liber, Zagreb, 1980.
  3. Lenac, Z., Šips, V. Zadaci iz statističke fizike II, Liber, Zagreb, 1981.
Additional reading
  1. I.Supek, Teorijska fizika i struktura materije, Školska knjiga, Zagreb, 1974.
  2. Mandl, F. Statistical Physics, John Wiley & Sons, 1988.
Instructional methods Lectures  and excercises
Exam formats Oral and written exam, and two exams during semester. Students who pass both exams during the semester are exempted from the written part of the exam in the winter examination period. To make the final score was positive, both,oral and written examination must be positive. To access the exam, students must be present in 50% of exercises and lectures.
Language Croatian
Quality control and successfulness follow up Student questionnaires
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