480-4021/01 – Statistical Physics (SFyz)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of PhysicsCredits5
Subject guarantordoc. RNDr. Dalibor Ciprian, Ph.D.Subject version guarantordoc. RNDr. Dalibor Ciprian, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2018/2019Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesFEIIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
CIP10 doc. RNDr. Dalibor Ciprian, Ph.D.
GRY0091 Ing. Michal Gryga
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 2+2

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

The aim of the course is to present basic ideas and methods od statistical physics. After the course, the students are able to analyse and understand the behavior of simple systems described statistical physics models, and interconnect it to thermodynamics.

Teaching methods



The content of the course is focused on basic ideas and methods of physical system description using mathematical statistics. The basic classical and quantum distributions are derived, and the interconnection with thermodynamics is presented. The applications of statistical physics methods are demonstrated on simple systems.

Compulsory literature:

Reif, F., Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics, Waveland Pr Inc., 2008, ISBN-13 978-1577666127 Hill, T., L., An Introduction to Statistical Thermodynamics, Dover Publications, 1987, ISBN 978-0486652429

Recommended literature:

Chandler, D., Introduction to Modern Statistical Mechanics, Oxford University Press, 1987, ISBN 978-0195042771 Pathria, R., K., Statistical Mechanics, 3rd Ed., Academic Press, 2011, ISBN 978-0123821881

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Discussion with students during the lessons, final written test.


no e-learning available

Other requirements

systematic out-of-class study required


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Combinatorics and probability calculus essentials 2. Basic definitions and principles od statistical physics and classical mechanics 3. Statistical ensembles - micro and macrostates, mean values and fluctuations 4. Probability density, Liouville's theorem, ergodic hypothesis 5. Microcanonic ensemble, thermodynamic probability and entropy 6. Canonical ensemble and its properties, distribution and partition functions 7. Relationship of partition function and thermodynamic quantities 8. Applications - Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution, classical and quantum harmonic oscillator 9. Grandcanonical ensemble and its partition function, chemical potential 10. Quantum statistics - Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein distributions 11. Applications - phonons, free electron and photon gas 12. Statistical physics of magnetism, lattice systems 13. Computer models in statistical mechanics

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2018/2019 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of points
Credit and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Credit Credit 30  16
        Examination Examination 70  35
Mandatory attendence parzicipation: compulsory seminars - max 3 absences with leave

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Occurrence in study plans

Academic yearProgrammeField of studySpec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2021/2022 (N0533A110006) Applied Physics P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2020/2021 (N0533A110006) Applied Physics P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2019/2020 (N0533A110006) Applied Physics P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan

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