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Resultat av: Statistical mechanics for non-equilibrium systems, SI2520, vt 2013

Status: Avslutad
Publicerad under: 2013-03-26 - 2013-05-24
Antal svar: 6
Procent av kursdeltagarna som svarat: 35%
Kontaktperson: Jack Lidmar

What is your overall impression of the course?

6 svarande

Very positive2 33%
Positive4 66%
Neutral0 0%
Negative0 0%
Very negative0 0%

- Interesting subject, entertaining to actually study a subject which we haven't really touched upon before. (Very positive)

How difficult did you find the course?

6 svarande

Very difficult0 0%
Difficult6 100%
Average0 0%
Easy0 0%
Very easy0 0%

- Hard to rate but there are always concepts which are hard to grasp and understand. In the sense of passing the course I would say very easy. (Difficult)

Was the teacher good at explaining things?

6 svarande

Very good3 50%
Good3 50%
Average0 0%
Bad0 0%
Very bad0 0%

- You soon realized that the teacher had tought the course before and had been explaining the concepts a few times before. A large praise to the teacher for returning to the students' questions on a later occasion if he was unable to answer them the first time around. (Very good)
- By having the lecture notes beforehand, it was easier to follow the lecture by concentrating more on what was going on at the black/white-board. There are still improvements to be made in the performance, but nothing that seriously damages the understanding of the subject(s). (Good)

Would you rather have a book than lecturenotes?

6 svarande

Yes2 33%
No4 66%

- If there is a possibility to cover the subject area in one book, which I've seen can be quite hard. Plischke and Bergersen's book (M. Plischke and B. Bergersen, Equilibrium Statistical Physics, 3rd ed.) which was used in the equilibrium statistical mechanics course cover some parts. (Yes)
- Lecture notes are fine and there are tons of books to read if you want a second opinion or if you are just genuinely interested. (No)
- The hand written lecture notes were sometimes difficult to read. I would prefer computer written. Otherwise ok. (No)

Did you look up things in the reference litterature?

6 svarande

Never2 33%
Sometimes2 33%
Often2 33%

- I did look up things in literature not listed as reference. (Never)

How would you rate the difficulty of the problem sets?

6 svarande

Very difficult0 0%
Difficult4 66%
Average2 33%
Easy0 0%
Very easy0 0%

- Interesting and pedagogically selected problem sets. (Difficult)
- Difficult, but that's how I expect it to be. (Difficult)
- The first set was rather straight forward and the third set was quite technical in some sense. There was however one problem that was really hard and also hard to understand what was asked for and what you were allowed to assume, this was problem 1 in the second set (The one about the photons and the two level system). (Average)
- First set was relatively easy, while the second and third set was partially very difficult. However, the level was all in all quite appropriate. (Average)

How much time did you spend for solving the problems compared to other courses?

6 svarande

Much more1 16%
Somewhat more3 50%
Average2 33%
Somewhat less0 0%
Much less0 0%

- Since the examination was to solve the hand in tasks, I spent more time on them than on other courses of course. (Somewhat more)
- If you do not consider the two level system somewhat less. (Average)

To follow the course, my prerequisites have been ..

6 svarande

More than enough2 33%
Enough3 50%
Not enough1 16%

- AS it should. SI1161, SI2380, SI2510 was more than enough. (More than enough)
- Already familiar with Boltzmann theory from exchange studies. (More than enough)

Did the course meet your expectations?

6 svarande

Yes, to a large extent3 50%
Yes, to some extent3 50%
I do not know0 0%
No0 0%

Are there any topics not included in the course that you would like to have covered? Or are there any topics you would like to see more / less emphasis on?

- More on the last parts with response theory and more analysis of stochastic differential equations.
- More focus on irreversible thermodynamics would be interesting.

Comments and suggestions on how to improve the course

- An oral exam containing conceptual questions.
- Including a Matlab simulation problem on either Boltzmann eq. or linear response theory in the problem set could perhaps support the presentation of these concepts.
- More, but perhaps shorter, problems in order to cover a larger part of the material.
- Course book would be great.

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