Competencies and objectives


Course context for academic year 2024-25

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) for academic year 2024-25

General Competences (CG)

  • CG1 : Desenvolupar la capacitat d'anàlisi, síntesi i raonament crític.
  • CG3 : Resoldre problemes de manera efectiva.


Specific Competences (CE)

  • CE1 : Conèixer i aplicar els conceptes fonamentals de la física.
  • CE11 : Resoldre problemes qualitatius i quantitatius segons models prèviament desenvolupats.
  • CE12 : Reconèixer i analitzar nous problemes i proposar estratègies per a solucionar-los.
  • CE13 : Comprendre les teories físiques més importants.
  • CE14 : Realitzar, presentar i defendre informes científics tant per escrita com oralment davant d'una audiència.
  • CE2 : Reconèixer i valorar els processos físics en la vida diària.
  • CE3 : Ser capaç de valorar ordres de magnitud, per a interpretar fenòmens diversos, fer les aproximacions requerides a fi de reduir un problema a un nivell manejable i desenvolupar la intuïció en física.


UA Basic Transversal Competences

  • CGUA3 : Tenir coneixements d'informàtica relatius a l'àmbit d'estudi.




Learning outcomes (Training objectives)

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Specific objectives stated by the academic staff for academic year 2024-25

- 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