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PHY 3513 (Thermal Physics), Fall Term 2014 Final Exam: Thursday, December 18, 7:30 am to 9:30 am, NPB 1101 Instructor: Amlan Biswas
Class hours and location: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, period 7, 1:55 pm  2:45 pm; NPB 1101. Office hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, period 8, 3:00 pm  3:50 pm. At other times you can make an appointment or look for me in my office or lab. Textbook: The required text is Blundell and Blundell, Concepts in Thermal Physics, (2nd edition, Oxford University Press) ISBN: 0199562105. Coreq:
PHY 2049
or equivalent Synopsis: First part of sequence PHY
35134523. Treatment of classical thermodynamics including fundamental
postulates, entropy, equations of states. Thermodynamic equilibrium and
potentials, Maxwell relations, phase transitions. Physics 3513 will
cover selected chapters of the textbook. See outline
for details.
Lecture slides will be available, usually, a day before class on this
website. Course
objectives: To
obtain a thorough understanding of thermal physics with detailed
mathematical treatment. The link between microscopic and macroscopic
properties will be explored. Applications to
modern
technology will be emphasized along with a historical perspective. Grading policy: Homework based quizzes: There will be approximately seven UNGRADED homework assignments during the semester, usually assigned on Fridays. The solutions to the homework will be made available on the course website 3 to 4 days later. Nine days after the homework is assigned, there will be a short (15 minutes) inclass quiz based on that homework (usually on Mondays). There will a total of 6 such quizzes and the minimum score will be dropped. These quizzes will be worth 10% of the total grade. The problems will usually be multiple choice but partial credit will be given if the calculations are shown to be partially correct. See calendar for quiz dates. You can bring your own work for the corresponding homework assignment.Extra credit Matlab project: There will be a matlab project worth 2 extra credits. The project will be assigned to groups of 2 students and will be based on concepts and techniques learned during the semester. Basic matlab techniques will be discussed in class or in the assigned homeworks. Midterm tests: There will be THREE MIDTERM TESTS of 110 minutes duration (8:20 pm to 10:10 pm), scheduled for September 18, October 14, and November 13. The minumum midterm score will be dropped. Each of these tests will be worth 30% of the total grade. Hence the midterm tests will constitute 60% of the total grade. The midterm tests will be based on the homeworks assigned in the previous weeks and the quizzes. Your can bring one sheet of formulas (letter sized, front and back) for the tests.
Makeup test: If a situation satisfies the makeup policy (see below) a makeup test will be given in the last week of classes . This test will replace one of the midterms. Final exam: There will be a two hour, cumulative final exam. Details about the exam format will be posted here. Your work for the assigned homeworks will be allowed. The final exam will be worth 30% of the total grade. Grade calculation:
Here is a guideline for your final letter grade: 85%100%, some type of A; 65%84%, some type of B; 50%64%, some type of C; below 50, will be decided by the instructor. These numbers may be lowered, depending upon numerous factors, but will not be raised. The course grades are not curved. Link to UF grading policy. Attendance
and make up assignments/tests: Regular
attendance is expected but not enforced. In class quizzes are announced
in advance and are usually on Mondays. Make up quizzes/exams will be
given for valid excused absences. Valid excuses are officially
sanctioned UF events, medical reasons or family emergencies. Rescheduled Class: Outside Help Services:
The Teaching
Center in Broward Hall (tel.
3922010) offers a range of free
services, including individual tutoring in physics. 

