Phys3501 – Spring
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Date 
Topic 
Homework due? 
M 114 
Classical
Thermodynamics Thermal equilibrium, temperature,
properties, states of a system 

W 116 
Ideal gas, Van der
Waals gas, expansion and compressibility; phase diagrams 

F 118 
Phase diagrams, internal energy, work;
configuration work and dissipative work; First law of thermodynamics 
handout 1.4 1.5 1.6 
M 121 
MLK Day 

W 123 
Exact and inexact differentials; thermal
interaction; heat capacities 

F 125 
Adiabatic processes, Carnot cycle 
Handout 1.11, 1.12, 1.17,
1.20, Book 1.33 
M 128 
Entropy, Carnot cycle and second law 

W 130 
Entropy, Carnot cycle and second law 

F 21 
Entropy, Carnot cycle and second law Introduction
to statistical methods Probability/ ensembles/phase space 
1.24, 1.25, 1.28, 1.29
(handout) 1.38 (book) 
M 24 
Random walk Binomial distribution 

W 26 
Means and dispersion 

F 28 
Stirling
formula Poisson Distribution 
Handout Chapter 2:
2.7 Handout Chapter 1.35, 1:
1.43, 1.44, 1.45 answers 
M 211 
Gaussian Distribution 
Problem set 1 handed out 
W 213 
Multiple dimensions Functions of random
variables 

F 215 
Entropy
and temperature Accessible states, multiplicity,
equilibrium, probability 
2.10, 2.11, 2.22 Handout
Chapter 2 
M 218 
Multiplicity functions for various systems 

W 220 
homework 
Problem set 1 due 
F 222 
Systems in
thermal contact – maximum of multiplicity, entropy, definition of temperature 
2.23, 2.24 Chapter handout 2.5 and 2.6 book answer 
M 225 


W 227 


F 31 
Boltzmann
distribution and Helmholtz free energy Boltzmann factors, partition function 
Bookproblems,
chapter 2: 2.8, 2.9 (can be submitted electronically) answers Chapter handout 3, problem 12 
M 34 
Averaging, mean energy, dispersion 

W 36 
Mean energy, specific heat, pressure, work 

F 38 
Entropy, free energy and Z 
Chapter handout 4, problem
3 Schroeder 6.3, 6.5, 6.6 
M 311 
Partition function ideal gas 

W 313 


F 315 
Thermal
radiation and Planck distribution 
Handout 4 problem 13, 19 Schroeder problem 6.31 
Spring break 


M 325 
blackbody
radiation handout 

W 327 
Chemical potential 
Problem Set 2
is handed out 
F 329 
6.20, 6.42, from book answer 

M 41 
Chemical potential 

W 43 
Fermi
and Bose Gases 

F 45 
Distributions 
Problem 6, handout6 
M 48 
Fermi gas, conduction electrons 
Problem Set 2 is due at class time 
W 410 
Further
development of thermodynamics Thermodynamic functions, Maxwell relations 

F 411 
Thermodynamic functions, interpretation 
Schroeder 7.10, 7.11, 7.20 
M 415 
Applications of thermodynamic functions 

W 417 
Gibbs distribution 

F 419 

M 422 
Gibbs distribution, examples 

W 424 
Equilibrium situations 

F 426 
Phase equilibrium 
Handout 8, problems 8, 9, 10 
M 429 
Presentation Peter: BoseEinstein
condensation 

W 51 
Presentation Allie: Maxwell velocity
distribution 

F 53 
Presentation Jack: Ferromagnetism 
Handout 9 problem 5 Schroeder 5.28, 5.37 
Final exam 
Takehome 
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