Professor: Ken Intriligator
5234 Mayer Hall
Office Hours: after lecture, 2-3pm Tues, or by appointment. 
TA: Jui-yu (Mannie) Chiu
Office: Mayer Hall 4430
Office Hours: Weds 3:30-4:30pm,
or by appointment.

Here is the final exam. Here are the solutions.

Final exam statistics. Overall score statistics.

Have a great break!

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.

Fun links: Arrow of time      Maxwell's demon      Maxwell      Boltzmann      Gibbs

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.  
11/27 Statistics  
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.