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, 16.1-16.3. The topics of the other sections in the book will be covered in 140b.
Course Times: Lecture: TTh 11:00-12:20, CSB 002. Discussion: Weds 12:00-12:50, 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, 11:30-2:30. No late or early finals, check your schedule now!
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.
|date||Topics (and link to lecture notes)||Homework|
|9/27||Introduction and the zero'th law of thermodynamics||HW1(Due 10/4) solns|
|10/2||Equations of state. Ideal gas. SI temperature definition. Work.|
|10/4||Work, heat, first law. Heat capacity etc.||HW2 (due 10/11) solutions|
|10/9||Thermo quantities. Heat engines|
|10/11||Ideal gasses. Engines, fridges, efficiency.||HW 3 (due 10/18) solutions|
|10/16||Reversible engine examples and more|
|10/18||Entropy and the 2nd law||HW4 (due 11/1) solutions|
|10/23||Fires. No class.|
|10/25||Fires. No class. More on the 2nd law|
|10/30||More on the 2nd law|
|11/1||Disorder, energy degredation. H, F, G, max mech work||HW 5 (due 11/8) solutions|
|11/6||F, H, G minimization. Phase boundaries.|
|11/8||Chemical potential. Gibbs function and equation|
|11/13||Midterm Midterm solutions|
|11/15||Kinetic theory of gases||HW 6 [due 11/29] solutions|
|11/20||Kinetic theory, effusion, gaussian distributions.|
|11/29||Statistics and S, Counting microstates, MB, FD, BE|
|12/4||Computing S for MB, BE, and FD. Z.||HW7 (Due 12/6) Solutions|
|12/6||BE and FD statistics. Harmonic oscillators. Heat capacity of non-metallic solids.|