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Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory
Phys-525 (18261) : M, 5:30–8:00 pm, SC S220
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Grading recipe (no make-ups are given, except in cases of proven medical emergency):
Component |
Time |
Remark |
% of Grade |
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Late HW = 0 credit !!! |
60% |
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Final Exam |
Last week of semester |
Comprehensive |
40% |
Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory (Phys 525) is a course that introduces the classical study of thermal processes, using macroscopic, collective variables of the materials considered. The course develops following the standard introduction of the four Laws of Thermodynamics, discussing their applications en route. This is the complemented with a microscopic derivation of the phenomenological foundations of thermodynamics, based on the molecular and atomic fundamental nature of Nature.
“Success
= 1% inspiration + 99% perspiration”--T.A. Edison
But, learning is still 100% learning!
§1: The Nature of Thermodynamics
§2: Equations of State
§3: The First Law of Thermodynamics
§4: Applications of the First Law
§5: Consequences of the First Law
§6: The Second Law of Thermodynamics
§7. Applications of the Second Law
§8: Thermodynamics Potentials
§9: The Chemical Potential and Open Systems
§10: The Third Law od Thermodynamics
§11: The Kinetic Theory of Gases
§12: Statistical Thermodynamics
§13–20: From Idean Gas to Bose-Condensation and Shanon’s Mathematical Theory of Communication
01/28: The Nature of Thermodynamics:
§1
02/04: Equation of State: §2
02/11: The First Law of Thermodynamics: §3 [§1 HW due]
02/18: Applications of the First Law: §4 [§2 HW due]
02/25: Consequences of the First Law: §5 [§3 HW due]
03/03: The Second Law of Thermodynamics: §6 [§4 HW due]
03/10: Applications of the Second Law: §7 [§5 HW due]
03/17-21: Spring
Recess
03/24: Thermodynamics Potentials, Closed and Open Systems: §8-9 [§6 HW due]
03/31: The Third Law of Thermodynamics:
§10 [§7 HW due]
04/07: The Kinetic Theory of Gases: §11 [§8-9 HW due]
04/14: Statistical Thermodynamics: §12 [§10 HW due]
04/21: Classical and Quantum Statistics: Ideal, Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac Gasses: §13–19 [§11 HW due]
04/28: The Mathematical Theory of Communication: §20 [§12 HW due]
Take-home final exam distributed; due on 05/05/08.
To be announced in class.
All homework assignments are due in class on the day indicated and should be either given to the instructor in hand, left in the instructor's mailbox in ETV#116. Late homework will not be accepted, except in cases of proven emergency.
Collaboration policy
Collaboration -- but not blind copying -- on the homework assignments is strongly encouraged; students should use this to learn from each other. All exams and quizzes are open text and open class-notes (including notebooks and class handouts), but no collaboration is allowed; by signing the exams and quizzes, the student implicitly agrees to abide by this policy. Violation of this policy is covered under University regulations on academic dishonesty and cheating.
Presentation and organization
While a neat presentation of home,- quiz- and exam-work is not required for full credit, it certainly makes it easier to assess the quality of the work and give the proper credit due. In all cases, include a simple sketch if it might help conveying the approach or the calculations. Where necessary, include all units and symbols such as the measure of an integral, arrow on a vector, vertical bars for the absolute value of a quantity, for the magnitude of a vector or for the determinant of a matrix, etc.
© Tristan Hübsch, 2008