Spring 2014

This course will provide an introduction to thermodynamics and statstical mechanics.

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Class Hours: Tues and Thurs 16:50-18:05
Lattimore 210
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**Prof:
Eric Blackman, Bausch &Lomb 417, blackman@pas.rochester.edu**

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Office Hours: Friday 3:30-5pm
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**TA: Shin-Han Hung,
Bausch &Lomb 304, shihhan@pas.rochester.edu**

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**Textbook:
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The required course textbook is:
"Thermal Physics" by Kittel and Kroemer (2nd Edition)
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**Syllabus:
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The approximate syllabus and order of topics to be covered is below:
(Subject to change as course proceeds.)
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1. Introduction/ Multiplicity of States
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2. Entropy and Temperature
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3: Boltzmann Distribution and Helmholtz Free Energy
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4. Thermal Radiation
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5. Chemical Potential and Gibbs Distribution
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6. Ideal Gas
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7. Bose and Fermi Gasses
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8. Heat and Work
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9. Gibbs Free Energy and Reactions
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10. Phase Transformations
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11. Binary Mixtures ?
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12. Kinetic Theory ?
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**Coursework:**

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(1) Homework problem sets (25%)
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(2) Midterm exam (32%) on 3/6/14; Final Exam (43%).
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**Problem Sets:**

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All Homework to be turned into the course locker
near B&L 106 by 6pm on the due date shown.
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Homework Set 2 Due Fri 2/14

Homework Set 3 Due Fri 2/28

Homework Set 4 Due Fri 3/21

Homework Set 5 Due Mon 4/7

Homework Set 6 Due Mon 4/18

Homework Set 7 Due Wed 4/30

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**Supplementary Material:**