Now, there is a growing feeling that the statistical approach is more effective to demonstrate the firm physical and statistical basis of thermodynamics by showing how the properties of macroscopic systems are direct consequences of the behaviors of their elementary constituents. We can apply statistical mechanics to solve real systems (a system for many particles). The main objectives of this course is to give the students a broader spectrum of skills as well as a better understanding of the physical bases. To get a deeper inside and understanding in to the laws of thermodynamics, the molecular concept of matter can be incorporated into the study of thermodynamics by means of statistical mechanics.

General Objectives

Enable students to

  • Develop the mathematical framework
  • Ability to use the mathematical tools to work out practical problems
  • Apply the basic ideas used in the study of systems of many particles

Recommended Books

1. Statistical Physics by F. Mandl, ELBS/John Willey, (1998).

2. Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics by F. Reif, Mc Graw Hill, (1988).

3. Introductory Statistical Mechanics by Roger Bowley and Mariana Sanchez, (1999).

4. Statistical Mechanics by B.K. Agarwal and Melvin Eisner, John Wiley & Sons, (1988).

5. Statistical Mechanics by R.K. Pathria, Butterworth-Heinemann, (1996).

6. Introduction to statistical mechanics by SK Sinha Narosa Publishing House PVT.LTD (2007)

Suggested Books

1. Thermal Physics by S.C. Garg., R.M. Bansal, C.K.Ghosh, 2nd edition, McGraw Hill Education Private Limited

Class Timings:

BS Physics (Reg.): Thursday & Friday 8:00 am to 9:30 am

BS Physics (S.S.): Thursday & Friday 11:30 am to 01:00 am


Sessional: 20

Midterm exam: 30

Final exam: 50


Attendance: 80% class attendance is compulsory.

Disciplines: All students must be disciplined in the classroom.

Time bounds: Assignments must be submitted as per time schedules.

Uniform: Students must follow the university rules regarding dressing.

Time table: Students must follow the classroom timings as per time table.

Course Material