PHY306: Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

Instructor:     Professor V. J. Goldman
                       office: B-137 (Physics) ; telephone 2-9001
                       office hours: Monday,
Thursday  3:30-4:30  and drop by

TA:                 Yuan Sun,
                       office hours: B-130  Monday 2:00-3:00, Tuesday 3:00-4:00 and by appointment

Text:  C. Kittel and H. Kroemer, Thermal Physics (second edition), Freeman & Co., 1994

Additional reading:  F. Reif, Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics, McGraw-Hill, 1991

Course organization and grading:
Course outline:
    1. Basics of probability
    2. Entropy and temperature in isolated systems
    3. Boltzmann distribution and partition function
    4. Photons: thermal radiation and Plank distribution
    5. Phonons in solids
    6. Chemical potential; Gibbs sum
    7. Classical ideal gas
    8. Quantum Fermi gas; electrons in metals
    9. Quantum Bose gas;  Bose-Einstein condensation
    10. Heat engines and refrigerators; Carnot cycle

Material will be presented primarily of lectures, readings assignments from the text, and homework problems.
Lecture will cover the material to be learned, some important examples, and will direct your study from the text,
however some material will be presented in class that is not in the text.
Thus, you should attend class, pay attention while there, and take notes over the material.
You should plan on 1.5-2 hours of study outside of class for every hour in lecture.
The material in the latter part of the course will be based upon material presented in the first part of the course,
therefore you will have to commit the material to long term memory. The Final exam is comprehensive.

Working together:  Students are encouraged to study in small groups, discuss the material and HW problems.
It should be perfectly clear that each person is responsible for completing and submitting the work.
It is NOT acceptable to divide the problems, when one solves problem 1 and the other problem 2.
Exchange of any information between the students during an exam is unacceptable.

Note: If you have a disability that may affect your ability to carry out the assigned course work,
you are urged to contact the staff of the Disabled student Services, Room 133, Humanities.
DSS will review your concerns with you and determine what accommodations are necessary and appropriate.
All information and documentation of disability is confidential and will not be shared with faculty.