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Statistical Mechanics and Condensed Matter

  • 7.5 credits

This is a basic course in statistical physics and condensed matter. Thermodynamics is developed from a microscopic point of view, and is then applied to understand basic properties of materials.

In this course you study fundamental concepts in statistical physics, such as the Boltzmann distribution, the equipartition theorem, and the partition function. From this, various properties of Bose and Fermi gases, such as black-body radiation, the specific heat of metals and Bose-Einstein condensation will be derived. Concepts in condensed matter such as Fermi energy and Fermi surface, density of states, reciprocal lattice, crystal structure and phonons will also be discussed.

  • Course structure

    This course is given as a full time course. It is included as a mandatory course in the third year of the Bachelor Program in Physics.

    Teaching format

    The teaching consists of lectures and problem solving sessions, and a mandatory laboratory session. Hand-ins are assigned every week and can give bonus points for the exam.


    The examination consists of a written exam at the end of the course, as well as a short laboratory report.


    Teacher and course responsible:

    Supriya Krishnamurthy, 08 5537 8741, e-mail:

  • Schedule

    This is a preliminary schedule and is subject to continuous change. For this reason, we do not recommend print-outs. At the start of the course, your institution will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.

    Schedule FK5025 Autumn 2019

  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Daniel V. Schroeder, An Introduction to Thermal Physics, Addison Wesley (2000)

    Steven H. Simon, The Oxford Solid State Basics, Oxford University Press (2013)

  • Contact

    Academic advisor at Fysikum: