|PHYM211||Advanced Statistical Physics||2017-18|
|Staff of Foreign Host Institution|
|Delivery Weeks:||As agreed|
|Credits:||15 NICATS / 7.5 ECTS|
|Enrolment:||2 students (approx)|
This module builds upon PHY2023 the Thermal Physics module taken by students at Stage 2. It emphasises four aspects of statistical physics by applying them to a number of physical systems in equilibrium. Firstly, it is shown that a knowledge of the thermodynamic state depends upon an enumeration of the accessible quantum states of a physical system; secondly, that statistical quantities such as the partition function can be found directly from these states; thirdly, that thermodynamic observables can be related to the partition function, and fourthly, that the theoretical results relate to experimental observations.
This is a Physics Core module taken at a study-abroad host institutions. The module(s) at the host institution that contribute to this module must be approved by the Stage 3 Study Abroad Co-ordinator.
This module aims to give students an understanding of how the time-symmetric laws of quantum mechanics obeyed by all systems can be linked, through a chain of statistical and thermodynamic reasoning, to the (apparently time-asymmetric) natural processes occurring in macroscopic systems. It also furnishes the theoretical background in statistical mechanics that can be drawn on in other modules e.g. Condensed Matter II (PHYM003).
A student who has passed this module should be able to:
The syllabus should match, as far as reasonably practical, the contents of PHYM001 (Statistical Physics) and must satisfy Institute of Physics Accreditation requirements and must not duplicate modules that have already been taken, or will be taken in the future, as part of the degree.
|Description||Study time||KIS type|
|Study in accordance with the conventions of the host institution||150 hours||PLS|
|33%||Homework (see note)||Weekly 4-hour sets||Week T1:10||1-5||Written|
|67%||Final exam (see note)||2 hours||Week T1:10||1-5||Written|
Notes: Assessment assignment patterns follow the conventions of the host institution. The above entries are only indicative of typical arrangements. Grades awarded by overseas institutions are converted to Exeter grades using the conversion procedures described in the Physics Handbook
The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of information that students are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Instructor(s).
Re-assessment is not available except when required by referral or deferral.
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Time scale for re-assessment|
Notes: Re-assessment arrangements follow the conventions of the host institution
|IoP Accreditation Checklist||
|Availability||Physics programmes with study abroad only|
|Keywords||Physics; Core; Host institution; Study Abroad.|