Physics 351, Thermal Physics (Statistics and Thermodynamics), Spring 2014
The Midterm Exam will take place on Friday, March 14, during the regular
class hour. No textbooks or class notes allowed. Bring a cheat sheet, one
hand-written piece of paper with any equations you like, ok to use both
sides. Simple or graphing calculators are allowed (with no internet
connection). The exam covers chapters 1-4 in the textbook, except sections
1.7, 4.3, and 4.4. Practice Midterm (with solutions), as well as some
problems done in class are posted at the homework solutions link below.
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, 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: Anshuman Panda, anshuman -AT-
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 compliment to the text and lectures.
Homeworks will be assigned every week, announced in this web page, and
will be due in one week
(exceptions as noted).
Here is the homework list .
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 14, for a full lecture period.
The Final Exam will be during the finals
period, on May 13, from 4:00-7:00 pm, location TBA.
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.