Statistical mechanics allows one to solve problems involving large numbers of particles by exploiting statistical regularities. When combined with quantum mechanics, it helps physicists to understand some of the most fascinating phenomena in the universe.
Recommended course content: Classical statistical physics. Classical theory of radiation. Quantum theory of radiation. Quantum statistical physics: Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein distributions. Applications.
Pre-requisites: Thermal & Statistical Physics.
Taught at the level of: Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics (F Reif).