Date 
Day 
Chapter/Section

Topics 
Additional
Notes 
AUG
22 
M 
Overview
and Ch 1 
Discussion
of syllabus and introduction 
lecture 1 
AUG
24 
W 
1,
2 
Heat
and temperature 
lecture 2 
AUG
26 
F 
4 
Microstate,
macrostates, and temperature 
lecture 3 
AUG
29

M 
4 
Ensembles
and Boltzmann factor 
lecture 4 
AUG
31 
W 
4 
Review, Boltzmann factor, twolevel
system 
lecture 5 and 6 
SEP 2

F

5 
two level system (class cancelled due to weather) 

SEP
5 
M 

Labor
Day (no classes) 

SEP
7 
W 
5 
Two
level system, Quiz
1 (postponed) 

SEP 9

F

5, 6 
Velocity
distribution in a monatomic ideal gas, Ideal
gas equation, Quiz
1 

SEP 12

M

6 
Ideal gas equation 
lecture 8 
SEP
14 
W 

Quiz 2
and Review 
Review 1 
SEP
15 
R 

Test
1 

SEP
16 
F 
6 
Ideal gas equation 

SEP 19

M

11 
First law of thermodynamics 
lecture 11 
SEP
21 
W 
11, 12 
First
law, specific heat, isothermal and adiabatic processes 

SEP 23

F

12 
Isothermal and adiabatic processes 

SEP
26 
M 
13 
Carnot cycle 
Carnot cycle 
SEP 28

W

13 
Carnot cycle and second law of
thermodynamics, Quiz 3 

SEP
30 
F 
13 
Second law of thermodynamics, Claussius
inequality 
lecture 16 
OCT 3 
M 
14 
Second
law and entropy 

OCT
5 
W 
14 
Entropy,
reversible and irreversible processes, Quiz 4 

OCT 7

F

14 
Reversible
and irreversible processes, Joule expansion (class cancelled due
to weather) 

OCT 10

M

14 
Joule expansion 
Joule expansion 
OCT 12

W

14 
Mixing and Maxwell's demon 

OCT 12 
W 

Review,
6:30 pm in room NPB 2165 
Review 2 
OCT 13

R


Test
2


OCT 14

F


Homecoming (no classes) 

OCT 17

M

16 
Thermodynamic potentials 

OCT
19 
W 
16 
Maxwell's
relations and available energy 

OCT
21 
F 
16 
Maxwell's
relations and available energy 

OCT 24

M

17 
Rods, Bubbles, and Magnets 

OCT
26 
W 
17 
Magnetic work and cooling 

OCT
28 
F 
18 
Third
law 

OCT
31 
M 
26 
Real
gases, Quiz
5 

NOV
2 
W 
26 
Van der
Waals equation of state 

NOV
4 
F 
26 
Reduced
form of van der Waals equation of state 
vdW equation 
NOV
7 
M 
26 
Maxwell's
construction, Quiz 6 

NOV
9 
W 
27 
Cooling
real gases 
cooling

NOV
11 
F 

Veterans
Day


NOV
14 
M 

Review 

NOV
15 
T 

Test
3 

NOV
16 
W 
27, 28 
JouleThomson
effect, Phase
transitions 

NOV
18 
F 
28 
Phase
transitions 

NOV
21 
M 

Miscellaneous
topics, He liquefier visit 
Helium liquefier 
NOV
23 
W 

Thanksgiving
(no classes) 

NOV
25 
F 

Thanksgiving
(no classes) 

NOV
28 
M 
28 
Phase
transitions, ClaussiusClayperon
equation 
Transitions 
NOV
30 
W 
28 
Metastability 
Nucleation 
DEC
2 
F 
28 
Metastability,
Gibb's
phase rule 

DEC
5 
M 

Quiz 7, Equipartition theorem 

DEC
7 
W 

Review 
Review 
DEC
14 
W 

Final
exam (10:00 am to 12:00 noon) 
