School of Chemical and Physical Sciences

Faculty of Natural Sciences

For academic year: 2023/24 Last Updated: 13 February 2024

PHY-20026 - Statistical Mechanics and Solid State Physics

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Successful completion of FHEQ Level 4 Physics or Astrophysics

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Registration on FHEQ Level 5 of a degree programme in physics or astrophysics

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Registration on FHEQ Level 5 of a degree programme in physics or astrophysics

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This module explores the theory and applications of the key topics in statistical mechanics and solid-state physics. There is also a laboratory component aimed at enhancing experimental and communication skills.

This module aims to introduce the students to statistical mechanics and to solid-state physics and to give them the skills to solve the more straight forward problems and applications in these areas. It also contains an element of laboratory work aimed at enhancing experimental and team-working skills.

http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/phy-20026/lists

describe and explain the importance of lattice vibrations in determining the properties of solids: 1,2,3

explain the classical and quantum models for free electrons in solids: 1,2,3

explain the origin of energy bands in solids: 1,2,3

explain the origin of the magnetic properties of solids: 1,2,3

describe the statistical treatment of large ensembles of particles: 1,2,3

apply the Maxwell-Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein distributions to the properties of solids: 1,2,3

use appropriate mathematical techniques to solve physical problems: 1,2,3,4

outline the importance of crystal structure, and how to determine it: 1,2,3

explain the classical and quantum models for free electrons in solids: 1,2,3

explain the origin of energy bands in solids: 1,2,3

explain the origin of the magnetic properties of solids: 1,2,3

describe the statistical treatment of large ensembles of particles: 1,2,3

apply the Maxwell-Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein distributions to the properties of solids: 1,2,3

use appropriate mathematical techniques to solve physical problems: 1,2,3,4

outline the importance of crystal structure, and how to determine it: 1,2,3

30 hours of lectures on Solid State Physics, Statistical Mechanics and Mathematics

14 hours problem classes on above topics

10 hours on solving problem sheets

2 hour unseen examination on Solid State Physics and Statistical Mechanics

1 hour unseen class test on Mathematics

93 hours examination revision/preparation and private study

14 hours problem classes on above topics

10 hours on solving problem sheets

2 hour unseen examination on Solid State Physics and Statistical Mechanics

1 hour unseen class test on Mathematics

93 hours examination revision/preparation and private study

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2 hour unseen examination

Section A: 10 short questions. Students to attempt all questions = contributes 40% of the exam paper; Section B: A choice of 2 questions out of 4 = contributes 60% of the exam paper.

Engagement with, and completion of, the assigned problems in problem classes

Problem classes covering Statistical Mechanics, Solid State Physics and Mathematics.

Four problem sheets

4 problem sheets with questions on Statistical Mechanics and Solid State Physics.

1-hour class test on Mathematics

1-hour class test on Mathematical material.