Course data
Course name: Statistical Physics 2
Neptun ID: BMETE15MF73
Responsible teacher: Gergely Zaránd
Department: Department of Theoretical Physics
Programme: Courses for Physicist MSc students
Course data sheet: BMETE15MF73
Requirements, Informations

General information

Location and time:  

Lecture: Fridays, 8:15 - 9:45, building F, room F3M1 (seminar room)

Tutorial: Tuesdays,  10:15 - 12:00, building F, room  F3M1 

Sometimes, to cope with random and disturbing holidays and to provide a smooth course line..., lectures will be given at the place of tutorials and vice versa. See our detailed provisional schedule:  schedule of StatPhys2 2019  (final) This schedule may change according to the progress of lectures, but we shall try to give a warning always before an irregular event. 


Lecture: Gergely Zaránd

Tutorial (and some of the lectures): Márton Kormos


  • Participation in tutorials (practicals) is compulsory.
  • Participation in lectures: is not compulsory, but advised.
  • Grading:
    • the course is composed from a theoretical part and from a practical part. You will get a grade both for theory and for practicals. You need to pass both, and your final grade will be the average of the two (rounded up).  
  • Tests:
    • You will write  4 theory tests and 3  practical tests in course of the semester (technically, you will write these on four occasions, see schedule). 
    • In addition, you will have an individual project work, replacing the 4th test of the practical course. (Completing this project is compulsory to get a grade.)
    • By completing the tests well, you can get exemptions: 
      • You can recieve exemption from the theoretical and/or practical part of the exam, if you pass all thoery and/or practical tests (reach >50% on each, and complete your project successfully). 
      • Important: you can recieve exemption INDEPENDENTLY for the theory part and for the practical part. (It is not easy to get exemption from both, so you may want to concentrate on theory OR practicals.) 
      • Grading will be 2:>50%; 3: > 60%; 4: > 70%; 5 > 85%. 
      • At the end of the semester, you are allowed to repeat 2 out of the 7 tests.
  • Homework:
    • Homeworks will be handed out regularily during the semester.
    • You must be able to reproduce homework solutions as part of the tests. You are allowed to help each other with homeworks (but not during the test...), and you are also encouraged to ask for consultation, but individual work is most encouraged.
  • Individual project:
    • Each of you will recieve a more difficult, individual task, too. This may consist of producing a numerical simulation, understanding a book chapter and summarizing it in some written notes, or understanding some recent publications and producing notes on it, to be handed in. 
  • Exam:
    • The written exam (date specified later) wll consist of two parts: (1) exercises based on homeworks and tutorials; (2) material discussed at lectures. In case you have an exemption, you may have to pass only the missing part of the exam. 
    • Those who fail the written exam will have to take an oral exam. On the oral exam, there will   be a practical part,  where you have to solve excercises based  on homeworks. 

Time and location of written exam (also correction of two tests possible!): 

January 6. at 9 a.m.: Seminar room (location of classes) 


  • Upon demand. 


Lecture notes (years 2018 and 2019)

For private use, only! No responsibility for typos, orthography, mistakes, etc...

L5_Superfluids_2        (Supplemental lecture!)
L12 H theorem and Simulated Annealing (new notes in English) 
L14_Fokker_Planck_equations and diffusion  (new notes in English) 

    Supplement to L7 Correction/addition to lecture7

    Supplement to L14: Solution of diffusion equation

    Homeworks and handouts: 

    posted via Moodle system

    Handouts of year 2018 (for reference):

    1. Handout 1 (practice)
    2. Handout 2 (practice)
    3. Homework 3
    4. Homework 4

    Handouts for term paper / simulation, and handouts for practice course are 

    posted via Moodle system

    Subjects for the oral exam:

    List of subjects for oral exam (2019)    (in English)

    Last updated: 17.11.2019