# Physics: Energy & the Environment MSc

# Statistical Mechanics PHYS5016

**Academic Session:**2018-19**School:**School of Physics and Astronomy**Credits:**10**Level:**Level 5 (SCQF level 11)**Typically Offered:**Semester 2**Available to Visiting Students:**Yes**Available to Erasmus Students:**Yes

#### Short Description

To provide students with an opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the key principles and applications of Statistical Mechanics, and their relevance to current developments in physics, at a level appropriate for a professional physicist.

#### Timetable

18 lectures, typically 2 lectures per week

#### Requirements of Entry

This course is normally only open to students who meet the requirements for entry, or progression, for a degree programme which includes Statistical Mechanics as an elective or compulsory course.

Statistical Mechanics is a compulsory course for the following degree programmes:

MSci Theoretical Physics

Statistical Mechanics is an elective course for the following degree programmes:

MSci Physics, MSci Combined Physics, MSci Physics with Astrophysics, MSci Chemical Physics, MSci Chemical Physics with Work Placement

Statistical Mechanics is a prohibited course for the following degree programmes:

BSc (Honours) Physics, BSc (Honours) Combined Physics, BSc (Honours) Chemical Physics, BSc (Honours) Physics with Astrophysics, BSc (Designated) Physics, BSc (Designated) Combined Physics, BSc (Designated) Physics with Astrophysics

Also, students must normally have attended previously, and been examined in, the following pre-requisite course:

Thermal Physics

#### Excluded Courses

None

#### Assessment

Examination (100%)

**Main Assessment In:** April/May

#### Course Aims

To provide students with an opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the key principles and applications of Statistical Mechanics, and their relevance to current developments in physics, at a level appropriate for a professional physicist.

#### Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate a knowledge and broad understanding of Statistical Mechanics, and show a critical awareness of the significance and importance of the topics, methods and techniques discussed in the lectures and their relationship to concepts presented in other courses. They should be able to describe and analyse quantitatively processes, relationships and techniques relevant to the topics included in the course outline, applying these ideas and techniques to analyse critically and solve advanced or complex problems which may include unseen elements. They should be able to write down and, where appropriate, either prove or explain the underlying basis of physical laws relevant to the course topics, and discuss their applications.

#### Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Not applicable