Physics 351, Thermal Physics (Statistics and Thermodynamics), Spring 2015
Class grades are posted in the online Gradebook.
Welcome to Thermal Physics. This is a one-term course on Thermodynamics and
Statistical Mechanics. Thermodynamics is the study of bulk properties of matter
dealing with temperature and heat flow. It was largely put together in the 19th
century. Statistical Mechanics attempts to explain the principles of thermodynamics.
It does so using concepts from 20th century physics, especially Quantum Mechanics.
Professor: Valery Kiryukhin. Office: Serin W 118, email: vkir -AT- physics.rutgers.edu, phone: (848) 445-8752.
Text: Introduction to Thermal Physics by Daniel V. Schroeder.
Lectures: Wed 10:20 - 11:40 am, Fri 3:20 - 4:40 pm, SEC 117
Office Hours: Wed afternoon (email to confirm).
Homework Grader: Yazhong Wang, email yzwang -AT- physics.rutgers.edu.
There is a syllabus
for this class. There will be weekly homework, a midterm exam
and a final exam. Please let me know as soon as possible if you cannot make either
the midterm or final exam.
The lectures will be blackboard based, so it is essential that you attend.
There are also slides originally written up by Prof. Gershenson, which are
available on this
page . They
serve as a good complement to the text and lectures.
Homework will be assigned every week, announced in this web page, and
will be due in one week
(exceptions as noted).
Here is a
directory with homework solutions .
Note that the homeworks are 20% of your grade. This is a higher weight
than homeworks are usually accorded. Thermodynamics and Statistical
Mechanics are notoriously opaque subjects and the only way to get a handle
on them is to solve problems. The homeworks will be returned one week
Here is how the grading breaks down (approximate):
Midterm Exam: 30%
Final Exam: 50%
Midterm and Final Exam
The Midterm exam will be in class on March 13, for a full lecture period.
The Final Exam will take place on May 12, from 4-7 pm, in SEC-117.
There is an online
gradebook for this course. Please check this for exam grades, etc.
Students with Disabilities
Please consult me as early as possible if you have a disability
that might interfere with an optimal learning experience.
Also, please consult the
website on disabilities . The University has coordinators
for students with disabilities.