PHY3513 (Thermal Physics), spring term 2013



Instructor: Arthur Hebard
Office: 2257 NPB 
Phone: 3928442 
Lab: B38/39 NPB 
Phone: 3929228 
Email: afh@phys.ufl.edu

Fax: 3923591 
 Meeting time: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, period 5, 11:45
12:35 pm in NPB 1101.

 Office hours: Monday and Tuesday, 2:15 pm3:15 pm. At
other times, please email and confirm.
Textbook: The required text is Concepts in Thermal Physics by S. Blundell and K. Blundell
 Corequisites: PHY 2049 or the equivalent. A course in
differential equations is highly recommended.Calculus III will
be used extensively throughout the course.
Synopsis: First part of sequence PHY 35134523. Treatment
of classical thermodynamics including fundamental postulates, entropy,
equations of states, thermodynamic equilibrium and potentials, Maxwell
relations and phase transitions. Physics 3513 will cover selected
chapters of the textbook. See outline
for details. Lecture slides will be posted.
Grading policy:
Homework: There will be seven GRADED
homework assignments during the semester, due on the dates indicated
on the schedule. Each homework will be distributed as a PDF file
through email, usually on Friday and only the current homework
will be posted online. Make your solutions neat, concise, and intelligible.
Points may be deducted if it is difficult to find and/or understand
the solutions. Overdue homework will not be graded.
The graded homeworks will be worth 15% of the total grade.
Inclass exams : In addition to the
homework assignments, there will be FOUR INCLASS Exams of 50 minutes
duration, tentatively scheduled for January 28, February 15, March
18, and April 12. Each of these exams will be worth 17% of the total
grade. The lowest score of the four inclass exams will be dropped.
Hence the inclass exams will constitute 51% of the total grade.
Inclass quizzes: 10minute inclass
quizzes will occur approximately once a week and will cover topics
included within the previous two weeks. These quizzes will be mostly
based on conceptual questions (with true/false or multiple choice
responses) and occasionally on simple calculations. At the discretion
of the instructor, discussion among students will be allowed during
some of the inclass quizzes. One quiz near the end of the semester
will be used the fulfil the academic
learning compact (ALC) requirement. The lowest quiz grade will
be dropped. However, the ALC quiz is compulsory and will not be
dropped. The inclass quizzes will constitute 10% of your total
grade.
Final exam: There will be a two hour,
cumulative final exam. Details about the exam format will be
posted here. Formula sheets for the final exam will be allowed.
The final exam will be worth 24% of the total grade. The final is
scheduled for Wednesday, May 1, 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM in NPB 1101.
Grade calculation:
Homework 
15% 
Best 3 out of 4 inclass tests 
17% each for a total of 51% 
Inclass quizzes 
10% 
Final exam 
24% 
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 thresholds may be lowered,
depending upon numerous factors, but will not be raised. The course
grades are not curved.
C is the lowest passing grade for physics majors!
Holidays (no classes): Martin Luther King day: Monday, Jan
21; Spring break: March 29, 2013.
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: Students who require
accommodation for disabilities must first contact the Dean of Students
Office. That office will provide documentation, which the student
must bring to his/her instructors during the first week of the semester.
ACADEMIC HONESTY: Each student is expected to
hold himself/herself to a high standard of academic honesty. Under
the UF academic honesty policy, unauthorized assistance or the use
of unauthorized resources is strictly forbidden on workforcredit.
Although discussions among the students are highly encouraged, you
are to work alone on all homework assignments unless specified differently.
Fabrication or falsification of excuses or related documentation
is also a violation of the UF academic honesty policy. Violations
of this policy will be dealt with severely. There will be no warnings
or exceptions.