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Course description

Competencies and objectives


Course context for academic year 2018-19

Statistical mechanics is one of the topics that is the basis of modern physics. The course on Statistical Mechanics has as its main objective to introduce the student to the treatment, through statistical methods, of many-particle systems and the fluctuations that are produced, connecting the microscopic description with macroscopic observables. In this course we will revise concepts already studied in the second year, particularly Thermodynamics, in this case starting from a microscopic description to obtain the macroscopic variables. This course is related to others in the same year, such as Quantum Mechanics I and II, as well as courses from the fourth year, such as Solid State Physics and Computational Physics. It makes use of concepts studied previously in mechanics as well as mathematical and numerical methods. The course has a theory part and resolution of problems, in some cases with computational methods. Moreover, applications in the laboratory related to the topics of this course will be included in Experimental Techniques II.



Course content (verified by ANECA in official undergraduate and Master’s degrees)

General Competences (CG)

  • CG1 : Develop the capacity for analysis, synthesis and critical reasoning.
  • CG3 : Solve problems effectively.


Specific Competences (CE)

  • CE1 : Know and apply the fundamental concepts of Physics.
  • CE11 : Solve qualitative and quantitative problems using previously developed models.
  • CE12 : Recognize and analyze new problems and devise strategies to address them.
  • CE13 : Understand the most important physical theories.
  • CE14 : Prepare, present and defend scientific reports both in writing and orally in front of an audience
  • CE2 : Recognize and assess physical processes in everyday life.
  • CE3 : Be able to estimate ranges of magnitude in order to interpret various phenomena. To carry out the approximations required in order to reduce problems to a manageable level. Develop intuition in Physics.


UA Basic Transversal Competences

  • CGUA3 : Possess computer skills relevant to the field of study.




Learning outcomes (Training objectives)

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Specific objectives stated by the academic staff for academic year 2018-19

- Understand the different physical concepts used in Statistical Mechanics.
- Understand the principles of Statistical Mechanics and their consequences.
- Solve problems in Statistical Mechanics.
- Use some of the computational codes that simulate physical systems in the area of Statistical Mechanics.
- Ability to write a report about the computational exercises performed during this course.

- To know the different physical concepts used in Statistical Mechanics.




Code: 26231
Lecturer responsible:
Credits ECTS: 6,00
Theoretical credits: 1,44
Practical credits: 0,96
Distance-base hours: 3,60

Departments involved

    Theoretical credits: 1,44
    Practical credits: 0,96
    This Dept. is responsible for the course.
    This Dept. is responsible for the final mark record.

Study programmes where this course is taught