Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course, the student will have a thorough understanding of how to characterize interacting and / or random systems.  The student knows the phenomenology of phase transitions and associated phenomena. The student will be familiar with current research topics in equilibrium and non-equilibrium statistical mechanics.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 08.09.2020 - 10.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Mikko Alava

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Mikko Alava

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Rehearsal of thermodynamics and statistical physics. Random systems and correlations. Phase transitions. Non-equilibrium systems and fluctuations.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Written exam, home work, and student presentations.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures 24 hrs (2 hrs/week)

    In-class exercises 24 hrs (2 hrs/week)

    Student presentations 12 hrs (1 hr/week)

    Independent work 70 hrs


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course material will be announced on the course web page.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    PHYS-C0220 Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics and PHYS-C0210 Quantum Mechanics.


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