Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.
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This subject is not offered in 2012.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: 36 hours comprising two 1-hour lectures per week and one 1-hour practice class per week. |
Total Time Commitment:
Three contact hours and and hours private study per week.
|Recommended Background Knowledge:|| |
It is recommended that students have completed a third year subject equivalent to
Study Period Commencement:
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|Core Participation Requirements:||
For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements for this entry.
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Prof Paul Pearce
The subject introduces the Gibbs ensembles of classical statistical mechanics, the relations to thermodynamics and the modern theory of phase transitions and critical phenomena including the concepts of critical exponents, universality and scaling. Applications include the ideal gas, mean field theories of fluids and ferromagnets and Ising lattice spin models.
After completing this subject students should:
Up to 50 pages of written assignments (50%: two assignments worth 25% each, due mid and late in semester), a 3-hour written examination (50%, in the examination period).
|Prescribed Texts:|| |
None - lecture notes are provided.
|Recommended Texts:|| |
C.J. Thompson, Classical Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics, Oxford 1988
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
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Upon completion of the subject, students should develop the following generic skills:
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