PHYS 317 - Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics

Instructor: Katharina Vollmayr-Lee, kvollmay@bucknell.edu, Olin 152, x7-3109

Office Hours: T,R 10-11, F 2-3 and by appointment

Text: Daniel V. Schroeder, An Introduction to Thermal Physics , Schroeder's Physics Software

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DueTopicReadHomeworkSol.Read. Assign.
Aug. 28Ideal Gas & Equip. Thm § 1.1-1.3 1.1, 1.11, 1.16 Hint: Air N2HW 1RD 08/28
Sept. 7Heat and Work § 1.4-1.5 1.19, 1.21, 1.22, 1.23, 1.25HW 2RD 09/07
Sept. 8Heat Capacities § 1.6 1.27, 1.34, 1.36HW 3RD 09/08
Sept. 9Rates § 1.7 1.41, 1.49, 1.50a-dHW 4
Sept. 11Multiplicity § 2.1 & § 2.2 1.60, 1.67, 1.70HW 5
Sept. 14Interacting Systems § 2.3 2.3, 2.4, 2.5 bcfg, 2.7HW 6
Sept. 15Large Systems § 2.4 2.10 & 2.11HW 7
Sept. 16Ideal Gas § 2.5 2.18, 2.19, 2.21HW 8
Sept. 18Entropy § 2.6 2.24(9P), 2.26(3P), 2.27(3P)HW 9
Sept. 21Review no new RD, review all 2.33, 2.34, 2.37HW 10
Sept. 25Temperature § 3.1 noneExam 1
Sept. 28Entropy & Heat § 3.2 3.1, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7HW 11
Sept. 30Paramagnet § 3.3 3.8, 3.10, 3.14HW 12
Oct. 2Mech. Equil. & p § 3.4 3.23, 3.25a-c, 3.25 d,eHW 13
Oct. 5Equil. & &mu § 3.5 & § 3.6 3.31, 3.34a-d, 3.34 e-gHW 14
Oct. 7Heat Engine & Refridg. § 4.1 & § 4.2 3.35, 3.36, 3.39HW 15
Oct. 8Free Energy § 5.1 up to page 155 4.1, 4.5, 4.18HW 16
Oct. 9Thermod. Identities finish § 5.1 5.5, 5.6HW 17
Oct. 16Equilibrium and G § 5.2 5.12, 5.14a-c, 5.14 d-gHW 18
Oct. 19Phase Transitions § 5.3 up to page 175 5.22, 5.23ab, 5.23 cdHW 19
Oct. 21Van der Waals finish § 5.3 5.31, 5.32a,b, 5.47aHW 20
Oct. 23Mixtures § 5.4 up to page 195 5.48, 5.51, 5.52HW 21
Oct. 26Review none 5.60HW 22
Oct. 28Boltzmann Factor § 6.1 noneExam 2
Nov. 2Average Values § 6.2 6.5 & 6.9HW 23
Nov. 4Equipartition Thm. § 6.3 6.17, 6.19, probl. 3HW 24RD+HW 11/04
Nov. 6Maxwell Distribution § 6.4 6.26, 6.31, 6.32abHW 25
Nov. 9F & Composite Systems § 6.5 & 6.6 6.35, 6.37, 6.41HW 26
Nov. 11Ideal Gas § 6.7 6.42a,b, 6.43, 6.44HW 27
Nov. 13Ising Model § 8.2 up to page 345 6.45, 6.50, 6.52HW 28
Nov. 16Gibbs Factor § 7.1 8.18, 8.20, 8.22HW 29
Nov. 18Bosons & Fermions § 7.2 7.2, 7.6HW 30
Nov. 20Degenerate Fermi Gas § 7.3 through 278 7.8, 7.16, 7.18HW 31
Nov. 23Black Body Radiation I § 7.4 through 296 7.20, 7.22HW 32
Nov. 30Black Body Rad. II & Review finish § 7.4 & review 7.23 b-d, 7.23 e-gHW 33
Dec. 4BE Condensation § 7.6 7.43, 7.44HW 34
Dec. 7Review Review noneExam3

Syllabus

Dates Topics Reading
Aug 26 - Sept 9 Intro & Energy Ch 1
Sept 10 - 21 Entropy Ch 2
Mon, Sept 23 Exam 1
Sept 25 - Oct 5 Temperature/Interactions Ch 3
Oct 7 Engines & Regrigerator § 4.1 & 4.2
Oct 9 - 26 Free Energy & Phase Transitions § 5.1 - 5.5
Mon, Oct 28 Exam 2
Oct 30 - Nov 11 Boltzmann Statistics Ch 6
Nov 13 - 30 Quantum Statistics § 7.1 - 7.4
Wed, Dec 2 Exam 3
Dec 4 & 7 BE Condens. § 7.6
Dec 11 8-11am Final Exam