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PX423 - Kinetic Theory

  • Module code: PX423
  • Module name: Kinetic Theory
  • Department: Physics
  • Credit: 7.5

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

To introduce Maths/Physics students to non-equilibrium statistical physics and to give them an appreciation of mathematical physics as separate sub-discipline

Principal learning outcomes

At the end of the module you should: Be able to discuss the derivation and solution of the Boltzmann equation as it applies to simple problems and use it to derive the Maxwell distribution; Be able to set up and solve simple boundary value problems to describe neutron flux in a diffusion approximation; Understand the significance of the Fokker-Plank approximation and apply it to the diffusion of heavy particle in a light gas

Timetabled teaching activities

15 lectures

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/physics/current/teach/syllabi/year3/px423/

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
7.5 CATS (Module code: PX423-7.5)
B (Examination only) Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (BSc MMathPhys) (FG33) - Year 3
Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (BSc) (G100) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Mathematics with Intercalated Year (G101) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) (G103) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) (G103) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Master of Mathematics (with Intercalated Year) (G105) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Master of Mathematics (with Intercalated Year) (G105) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) with Study in Europe (G106) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (BSc) (GF13) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (with Intercalated Year) (GF14) - Year 4