Text: Classical and Statistical Thermodynamics by Ashley Carter.
This class will cover the topics of the following sections of the book: 1.8, 1.8, 2.2, 2.5, 2.6, chapter 3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.6, 5.3, chapter 6, chapter 7 (except 7.5), 8.1, 8.3, 8.7, 9.1, 9.2, 11.1 to 11.6, chapter 12, chapter chapter 13, chapter 14, 15.2, 16.116.3. The topics of the other sections in the book will be covered in 140b.
Course Times:
Lecture: TTh 11:0012:20, CSB 002. Discussion: Weds 12:0012:50, CSB 002.
Homework: Around 8 problem sets, with about a week to do each. Due in class, at 11:00am (or dropped off earlier). Late HW sets will not be accepted.
Midterm: Will be Nov. 13, during the lecture time. Midterm statistics
Final: December 12, 11:302:30. No late or early
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Grading: Homework=20%, Midterm=30%, Final=50%.
Some lecture notes, sample problems, etc. can be found here: Physics 140a last year. Sorry, but the solutions have been removed. It's a good idea to work out problems yourself, without peeking at the answers! Here is some more advice.
Fun links: Arrow of time Maxwell's demon Maxwell Boltzmann Gibbs
