Physics P340
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics - Spring 2014

Course WWW home page: http://physics.indiana.edu/~berger/p340_spring2014/p340.html

MWF 1:25-2:15PM (Section 19964)
Swain West 218
Instructor: Mike Berger

Phone: (812) 855-2609
Email: berger@indiana.edu
WWW: http://media4.physics.indiana.edu/~berger/aboutme.html
Office Hours: Swain West 235, Tuesday:1:30-3:30pm, or by appt.
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (P340)


o Textbook

Ralph Baierlein, Thermal Physics

This is the required textbook for the course. Book description: Suitable for both undergraduates and graduates, this textbook provides an up-to-date, accessible introduction to thermal physics. The material provides a comprehensive understanding of thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and kinetic theory, and has been extensively tested in the classroom by the author who is an experienced teacher. This book begins with a clear review of fundamental ideas and goes on to construct a conceptual foundation of four linked elements: entropy and the Second Law, the canonical probability distribution, the partition function, and the chemical potential. This foundation is used throughout the book to help explain new topics and exciting recent developments such as Bose-Einstein condensation and critical phenomena. The highlighting of key equations, summaries of essential ideas, and an extensive set of problems of varying degrees of difficulty will allow readers to fully grasp both the basic and current aspects of the subject.

o Other Reference Books

H.B. Callen, Thermodynamics and an Introduction to Thermostatistics

C. Kittel, Thermal Physics

R.D. Reed and R.R. Roy, Statistical Physics for Students of Science and Engineering

F. Reif, Statistical and Thermal Physics

D.V. Schroeder, An Introduction to Thermal Physics

o Topics

Basic Concepts

Temperature and Heat
The Second Law of Thermodynamics
Entropy and Efficiency

Entropy and Statistics

Entropy in Quantum Theory
The Canonical Probability Distribution
Planck blackbody radiation
Chemical Potential
Quantum Ideal Gas
Fermions and Bosons
Free Energies: F and G


Chemical Equilibrium
Phase Equilibrium
Critical Phenomena

Low T Physics

The Third Law of Thermodynamics
Negative Temperatures

o Problem Sets

Problem Sets will be assigned on Wednesdays and should be turned in at the beginning of the lecture on the following Wednesday. The lowest problem set score will be dropped from your average. The sets and solutions will be posted on the Oncourse website.

o Exams

There will be three exams in the course. The first two will be in-class exams, and there will be a final exam.

o Grading

The problems set and exam scores will count toward your grade according to the following proportions: Problem Sets (30%), Exam I (20%), Exam II (20%), Final Exam (30%). The grader for the problem sets is Kushal Shrestha (kshresth).