Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: TBA |
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|Prerequisites:||A third year subject in statistical physics equivalent to 640-322 Statistical Physics (Advanced) or 640-342 Statistical Physics or 640-384 Statistical Physics.|
|Recommended Background Knowledge:||None.|
|Non Allowed Subjects:||None.|
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It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. This subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in laboratory activities. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this with the subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.
CoordinatorDr Nicole Bell
This subject provides an advanced introduction to the mathematical theory of collective phenomena in complex, many-body systems, in equilibrium and far from equilibrium, with an emphasis on critical phenomena and the emergence of long-range order. Specific topics may include phase transitions, transfer matrices, mean-field theory, Landau-Ginzburg theory, renormalization group, diffusive stochastic processes (Fokker-Planck equations), birth-death processes (master equations), kinetic transport, and spatio-temporal pattern formation in unstable nonlinear systems (bifurcations, chaos, reaction-diffusion equations). Examples are drawn from physics, chemistry, biology, and the social sciences.
The objectives of this subject are:
Four assignments totalling up to 48 pages of written work (40%), spaced equally during the semester, plus one 4-hour end-of-semester written examination (60%).
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This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
At the completion of this subject, students should have gained skills in:
Access to an internet-enabled computer may be useful for assignment completion.
Master of Science (Physics) |
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