Physics 351    Thermal Physics    Spring 2018

Weida Wu
Office:         Serin Physics Building 117W
Email:          wdwu AT
Telephone:    848-445-8751 (office)

Office hour Friday 2:30-3:30 PM and by appointment only
Lectures Room: Physics Lecture Hall
Tuesday 12:00 - 1:20 PM
Friday 12:00 - 1:20 PM 
Zengle Huang
Zengle Huang
Office:   ARC 230
Email:    zengle.huang AT
Office Hour:  Tuesday 3-4pm or by appointment

Textbook (required)
textbook TITLE: Introduction to Thermal Physics
by Daniel V. Schroeder
ISBN: 0201-38027-7
ISBN 13: 978-0201-38027-9
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
Publish Date: 1999-08-28
Binding: Hardcover , 422 pages

Web Site Access (required): Follow Physics 351 link in the Physics Department home page. Homework assignments, announcements and notes will be posted here. This link must be visited regularly.

Syllabus (lecture notes homeworks and exams) updated

Homework    due every Tuesday 4 PM in grader's mailbox (unless announced otherwise).

Grading    Based on midterm exam (30 %), final exam (50 %), and homework (20 %).
Homework and exam grades are available on gradebook.

Grade cutoffs (tentative)

Exam format: Close book, NEITHER homework solutions NOR PRINTED lecture notes are allowed.  For midterm, only one handwritten cheat-sheet (letter size, double sided) is allowed.  For final exam, three handwritten cheat-sheets are allowed. 

Makeup exam:
You will need a note from the Dean's Office documenting the reason for your absence and requesting Prof. Wu to allow you to take the makeup exam. This policy will be enforced with no exception. The Dean's Office has a form to fill out in the case of a conflict with another class or exam. For final exam conflicts, please submit your request at least one week before the exam date.

Academic Integrity  --   Please review the Rutgers Policy on Academic Integrity for Undergraduate and Graduate Students. As this document makes clear, cheating can take many forms, none of which are acceptable. Ultimately, cheating in any form will not work in your favor: you will not learn the material for yourself. This can only have a deleterious effect on your own future performance prospects in other classes and in the world at large. Also, if you have any sort of conscience, you will live with the knowledge that you cheated the rest of your life. Maybe you will feel that you have "beaten the system" but you have only degraded yourself. Don't do it!

Announcement   updated
[Mar. 23, 2018] Lecture 16 is posted on Syllabus page.
[Mar. 20, 2018] Lecture 15 and HW8 are posted on Syllabus page.
[Mar. 13, 2018] Grade cutoffs are adjusted.
[Mar. 13, 2018] Midterm exam solution is posted on Syllabus page. Exam scores are uploaded to gradebook. The average of midterm is 45.3, standard deviation is 24.4.
[Mar. 01, 2018] HW6 solution is posted on Syllabus page.
[Feb. 27, 2018]  Lecture13 is posted on Syllabus page.  HW7 is online.
[Feb. 26, 2018]  Dr. Chen Chen will run a recitation session on practice exam on March 6's lecture.
[Feb. 23, 2018]  Lecture12 is posted on Syllabus page.  HW7 will be due on March 20, the Tuesday after spring break. 
[Feb. 21, 2018]  Practice Midterm exam is posted on Syllabus page. 
[Feb. 20, 2018]  Lecture11 is posted on Syllabus page.  HW6 is online.
[Feb. 16, 2018]  Lecture10 is posted on Syllabus page. 
[Feb. 13, 2018]  Lecture9 and HW4 solution are posted on Syllabus page.  HW5 is online.
[Feb. 09, 2018]  Lecture8 is posted on Syllabus page. 
[Feb. 07, 2018]  HW3 solution is posted on Syllabus page.
[Feb. 06, 2018]  Lecture7 is posted on Syllabus page.  HW4 is online.
[Feb. 02, 2018]  If you need extra help (tutoring), there is a list of physics and astronomy graduate students interested in tutoring for a fee. In addition, the Math and Science Learning Center also supports free peer tutoring. Information about that can be found here.
[Feb. 02, 2018]  Lecture6 is posted on Syllabus page. 
[Jan. 31, 2018]  HW2 solution is posted on Syllabus page.
[Jan. 30, 2018]  Lecture5 is posted on Syllabus page.  HW3 is online.
[Jan. 26, 2018]  Lecture4 is posted on Syllabus page.
[Jan. 26, 2018]  HW1 solution is posted on Syllabus page. HW2 is avaiable.
[Jan. 23, 2018]  Lecture3 is posted on Syllabus page. HW1 solution will be posted tomorrow evening.
[Jan. 20, 2018]  HW1 is due on Jan. 23. There is a typo in the homework pdf, problem 1.16 should be 1.19.
[Jan. 19, 2018]  Lecture2 is posted on Syllabus page.
[Jan. 16, 2018]  First lecture is posted on Syllabus page.
[Jan. 6, 2018]  First class will be on Tuesday, Jan. 16 according to Rutgers Academica Calendar.
[Oct. 14, 2017]  Welcome to Physics 351, website is up.

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