PHY 3513
Fall 2016

Description of the Course

PHY 3513 is an intermediate level course on classical and statistical thermodynamics. It covers the topics of temperature, heat, ideal gases, the laws of thermodynamics, phase transitions, calorimetry, entropy, thermodynamic potentials, Boltzmann statistics, quantum statistics, Fermi gases, and blackbody radiation.


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Text Book

Daniel V. Schroeder
An Introduction to Thermal Physics
Addison Wesley Longman
ISBN-10: 0-201-38027-7

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Grades will be based on the problem assignments and four exams as follows:

Two best test scores -- 50%
Second lowest test score -- 20%
Lowest test score -- 10%
Homework -- 20%

A passing grade (C or better) will require approximately 50% of the total points possible; an A grade will require 85% of the total points possible.

All tests must be taken on the scheduled date. Makeup tests will not be given. If you miss a test for any reason, you will receive a zero grade for that test.


Incompletes will be given only in the event of an emergency occurring immediately prior to the date of the last test. To receive an incomplete, a student must provide documentation to support the claim of an emergency. Students who do not have a passing grade at the time of the last test will not be given an incomplete under any circumstances. Incompletes normally have to be made up within one month of the end of the semester.

Homework Assignments

Homework will consist of reading from the text and problem assignments. It is generally advisable to carry out the reading before the corresponding material is discussed in lecture. The problem assignments can be downloaded and the due dates obtained on the problem sets page. Late assignments will not be accepted. While collaboration on homework assignments is allowed, simply copying another student's solutions is not allowed and will be considered cheating.