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)
Phone: (812) 855-2609
Office Hours: Swain West 235, Tuesday:1:30-3:30pm, or by appt.
Swain West 218
Instructor: Mike Berger
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (P340)
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.
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
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
Quantum Ideal Gas
Fermions and Bosons
Free Energies: F and G
Low T Physics
The Third Law of Thermodynamics
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.
There will be three exams in the course. The first two will be in-class exams, and there will be a final exam.
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).