• Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
    • Department of Physics and Astronomy
    • Credit. 4
    • PH303
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    • WILL BEGIN
    • Fall , 2015
    • 1219
    • Course Description:
    • ( Exchange Programme )
    • Physics 303 is an advanced undergraduate course in thermodynamics and statistical physics. Thermodynamics covers the macroscopic properties of physical systems, composed of large numbers of particles. Statistical physics studies these macroscopic properties by looking at the microstates of the particles, described by quantum mechanics. The course will cover the fundamental principles of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics as well as their applications in many areas of physics. The topics are listed in course calendar.
    • Course Syllabus:
    • Syllabus for PH303 Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics Fall 2014
      Instructor: Prof. Shun Wang (王顺)
      E-mail: shunwang@sjtu.edu.cn Office: Physics 904
      Office phone: 5474 7049
      Teaching Assistant:
      Zixian Zhou (周子贤)
      E-mail: zzx1313@sjtu.edu.cn
      Course Description:
      Physics 303 is an advanced undergraduate course in thermodynamics and statistical physics. Thermodynamics covers the macroscopic properties of physical systems, composed of large numbers of particles. Statistical physics studies these macroscopic properties by looking at the microstates of the particles, described by quantum mechanics. The course will cover the fundamental principles of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics as well as their applications in many areas of physics. The topics are listed in course calendar.
      Class Hours:
      Monday: 8:00-9:40 am in 东中院 1-202 Wednesday: 10:00-11:40 am in 东中院 1-202
      Office hours: By appointment. Homework:
      Homework will be assigned on Wednesday classes and due the following Wednesday before the class. No late homework will be accepted. Homework solutions will be posted online.
      Quizzes:
      There will be four in-class 10-min quizzes, which will be announced one week prior to the quiz dates. Quizzes are given at the beginning of the class and are made to be completed within 15 minutes.
      Grading:
      Homework: 30% Quizzes: 2.5%×4 Mid-term: 30% Final exam: 30%
      Textbook:
      Charles Kittel and Herbert Kroemer, Thermal physics
      Related Books:
      Daniel V. Schroeder, An introduction to thermal physics (Easy to read, with many examples and
      figures)
      Kerson Huang, Statistical Mechanics (Classic textbook on statistical physics)
      Policies:
      1. Come to the class on time. Late students are distracting for both instructors and other students.
      2. While discussion among peers is greatly encouraged, you should write the solutions individually. Simply copying your classmates’ homework solutions is strictly prohibited and will result in zero grades for all the homework assignments.
      3. Misbehavior during exams is subjected to university regulations.
      Tips:
      1. Read before class.
      2. Ask questions in the class. You are not only asking for yourself, but also for the class. Please
      raise your hand whenever you want.
      3. Start thinking about homework assignments as soon you get them. Do not wait until the
      night before the due date.
      4. Please come to office hours with questions.
    • Schedule:
    • Week 1
      Introduction to the Course; Multiplicity; Binary Model Systems;
      Week 2
      Temperature; Entropy; Laws of Thermodynamics
      Week 3
      Boltzmann factor; Partition Function; Helmholtz Free Energy ; Sackur-Tetrode equation
      Week 4
      Plank Distribution; Thermal Radiation; Phonons; Electrical Noise
      Week 5
      Chemical Potential and Gibbs Sum
      Week 6
      Quantum Statistics: Bose and Fermi Distribution; Ideal Gas in Classical Limit
      Week 7
      Fermi Gas; Electron gas; White Dwarf Stars
      Week 8
      Bose gas; Bose-Einstein Condensation; Superfluidity
      Week 9
      Review; Mid-term Exam
      Week 10
      Gibbs Free Energy; Equilibrium in Reactions
      Week 11
      Clausius-Claperyron Equation; Van der Walls Equation of State
      Week 12
      Ferromagnetism; Ising Model; Landau Theory of Phase Transition
      Week 13
      Solubility Gaps; Solid and Liquid Mixtures;
      Week 14
      Joule Thompson Effect; Semiconductor Physics
      Week 15
      Kinetic Theory of the Ideal Gas Law; Boltzmann Transport Equation
      Week 16
      Review and Final Exam
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  • Prerequisite Course:

    QUANTUM MECHANICS, CLASSICAL MECHANICS

  • Textbooks:

    Thermal Physics by Charles Kittel and Herbert Kroemer
  • Grading:

    HOMEWORK+MID TERM EXAM+FINAL EXAM
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