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Statistical Physics with Scientific Programming
|Master programme in||
Physics * / Mathematical Physical Modelling * / Physics and Scientific Modelling
|Type of activity||
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|Number of participants||
|Responsible for the activity||
Thomas Schrøder (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|Head of study||
Studieleder for Fysik (email@example.com)
INM Registration & Exams (firstname.lastname@example.org)
To give the student in-depth understanding of advanced thermodynamics and statistical physics, including:
To give the student experience in the interplay between analytical and numerical methods as applied to these subjects.
To give the student exemplary knowledge and understanding of the strengths and limitations of analytical and numerical methods in the above contexts so that the student can recognize these when the methods are applied in other contexts
|Detailed description of content||
Statistical physics investigated via analytical and numerical methods, as well as simulations.
Numerical calculations and simulations are performed using Python, numpy and numba.
|Course material and Reading list||
Book: D. V. Schroeder, "Thermal Physics", International Edition, Addison Wesley Longman,
Content of own mini-projects (including subjects that are left out, but ought to be included).
|Overall plan and expected work effort||
5 ECTS course
- Total 135 hrs
|Evaluation and feedback||
The course includes formative evaluation based on dialogue between the students and the teacher(s).
Students are expected to provide constructive critique, feedback and viewpoints during the course if it is needed for the course to have better quality. Every other year at the end of the course, there will also be an evaluation through a questionnaire in SurveyXact. The Study Board will handle all evaluations along with any comments from the course responsible teacher.
Furthermore, students can, in accordance with RUCs ‘feel free to state your views’ strategy through their representatives at the study board, send evaluations, comments or insights form the course to the study board during or after the course.
|Overall learning outcomes||
After completing the course, the students will be able to
|Form of examination||
Individual oral exam based on a portfolio.
The character limit of the portfolio is 1,200-120,000 characters, including spaces. Examples of written products are exercise responses, talking points for presentations, written feedback, reflections, written assignments. The preparation of the products may be subject to time limits.
The character limits include the cover, table of contents, bibliography, figures and other illustrations, but exclude any appendices.
Time allowed for exam including time used for assessment: 30 minutes.
The assessment is an assessment of the oral examination. The written product(s) is not part of the assessment.
Permitted support and preparation materials for the oral exam: All.
Assessment: 7-point grading scale.
Moderation: Internal co-assessor
|Form of Re-examination||
Samme som ordinær eksamen / same form as ordinary exam
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|Examination and assessment criteria||
The students produce a portfolio consisting of 3 mini-projects. All 3 can be handed-in for review by the teacher.
At the exam the student makes a presentation of the third mini-project. The presentation may be interrupted by clarifying questions and the presentation will be followed by a discussion and questioning with in the curriculum of the course.
Students will be assessed in the written part of the exam by their ability to:
The assessment of the oral exam is based on the student’s ability to meet the criteria mentioned above and their ability to
Furthermore, whether the performance meets all formal requirements in regard to both for the written og oral exam