Code: 02VPSF 
Selected Topics in Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics 
Lecturer: prof. Ing. Igor Jex DrSc. 
Weekly load: 2+2 
Completion: A, EX 
Department: 14102 
Credits: 7 
Semester: W 
 Description:

The course concentrates on some advanced topics of statistical mechanics not discussed in the basic course on thermodynamics and statistical physics. Question concerning density matrices, the behaviours of nonideal gases and its macroscopic description, microscopic description of phase transitions, the role of fluctuations are addressed in detail.
 Contents:

1. Elements of thermodynamics
2. Bacis of statistical physics
3. The density matrix
4. Nonideal gases I
5. Nonideal gases II
6. Fermi gas I
7. Fermi gas II
8. Fluctuations
9. Microscopic models and phase transitions
10. Ising model
11. Elements of kinetic theory
12. Transport phenomena
 Seminar contents:

Problem solving on the following topics
1. Elements of thermodynamics
2. Bacis of statistical physics
3. The density matrix
4. Nonideal gases I
5. Nonideal gases II
6. Fermi gas I
7. Fermi gas II
8. Fluctuations
9. Microscopic models and phase transitions
10. Ising model
11. Elements of kinetic theory
12. Transport phenomena
 Recommended literature:

Key references:
[1] R. Balian, From microphysics to macrophysics, Springer, New York, 1991
Recommended references:
[1] J. Kvasnica, Thermodynamics, SNTL Praha, 1965 (in czech)
[2] J. Kvasnica, Statistical physics, Academia Praha, 2003 (in czech)
 Keywords:
 statistical entropy, statistical ensembles, transport equation.
Abbreviations used:
Semester:
 W ... winter semester (usually October  February)
 S ... spring semester (usually March  June)
 W,S ... both semesters
Mode of completion of the course:
 A ... Assessment (no grade is given to this course but credits are awarded. You will receive only P (Passed) of F (Failed) and number of credits)
 GA ... Graded Assessment (a grade is awarded for this course)
 EX ... Examination (a grade is awarded for this course)
 A, EX ... Examination (the award of Assessment is a precondition for taking the Examination in the given subject, a grade is awarded for this course)
Weekly load (hours per week):
 P ... lecture
 C ... seminar
 L ... laboratory
 R ... proseminar
 S ... seminar