Statistical Physics II
Instructor: Dr. K. Samokhin
Brock Calendar entry:

Fundamental postulates of equilibrium statistical mechanics and its relation to thermodynamics. Maxwell-Boltzmann, Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac statistics are derived and applied in appropriate physical situations of non-interacting and interacting particles; fluctuations; elementary treatment of transport theory.

Prerequisites: PHYS 3P41, 3P70 and MATH 3P08, 3P09.


There is no required textbook for the course. The main source of information will be the lecture notes. The students are encouraged to consult numerous textbooks available in the library, especially Thermal Physics, by C. Kittel and H. Kroemer, or Statistical Physics, Part 1, by L. D. Landau and E. M. Lifshitz.

Topics covered in the course:

Basic concepts of statistical physics. Classical statistical mechanics: Gibbs distribution, Maxwell and Boltzmann distributions.

Quantum statistics: Fermi-Dirac distribution. Electrons in solids.

Quantum statistics: Bose-Einstein distribution. Photons. Phonons.

Kinetic theory: Boltzmann equation, transport coefficients.

Note: This list is tentative. Some topics may be removed, while others may be added. The examination will be only on the material actually covered in the lectures.

Marking scheme:

4 assignments: 36% (9% each); assignments must be submitted by 5pm on the due date; penalty for late assignments: -25% per day, including Saturdays and Sundays;

1 midterm test (Wed Mar 8): 14%;

final exam: 50%; a student must achieve 50% on the final exam to pass the course.