Course detail

Proseminar in Physics V

FSI-0FSAcad. year: 2017/2018

State of the system (function of degeneration, entropy); Two systems in contact (temperature, chemical potential, pressure); Fundamentals of thermodynamics (thermodynamic identity, irreversible processes); Fundamentals of statistical physics (Boltzmann- and Gibbs factor); Atomic gas (Bose-Einstein distribution, Boltzmann distribution, ideal gas, fundamentals of kinetic theory of gases, non-ideal gas); Fermi gas (Fermi-Dirac distribution, thermodynamic quantities describing Fermi gas); Solid matter (Einstein model, Debye model, thermal dilatation, black body radiation); Interface between solid and liquid phase (Kelvin equation, contact angle)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Knowledge of definitions, laws and their validity conditions in the range of the syllabus. The emphasis is laid on the encouragement of abilities to solve physical and technical problems by virtue of general information obtained from the lecture Quantum and statistical physics.


Integral and differential calculus.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

C. Kittel: Thermal physics. Wiley, New York 1969. (EN)
R. Kalousek: Jemný úvod do statistické fyziky a termodynamiky. Internetové stránky Ústavu fyzikálního inženýrství FSI VUT v Brně (CS)
L. D. Landau, E. M. Lifshitz: Statistical Physics. Part 1, Course of Theoretical Physics. ELSEVIER 2006 (EN)
J. Kvasnica: Statistická fyzika. Academia, Praha 1983 (CS)
J. Kvasnica: Termodynamika. SNTL, Bratislava 1965 (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through exercises which are focused on practical topics presented in lectures.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Students are evaluated on the basis of discussion on topics explained during the course.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


Proseminar in physics V is drawn up to support students’ active approach their study content. The main aim is to actively follow the commentary by means of the intensive collaboration between the teacher and the student.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

For passing out the Proseminar in Physics V the attendance at the courses is obligatory. In the case of excused absence an individual way of compensation can be arranged.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B3A-P Bachelor's

    branch B-FIN , 3. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional (voluntary)

Type of course unit



26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Proseminar complements the lecture Quantum and Statistical Physics given within the frame of the speciality Physical engineering and Nanotechnology. Students taking this seminar can practise tasks of some parts of statistical physics and thermodynamics. Acquired abilities belong to the necessary skills in applied physics.