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This schedule is tentative and subject to change as the semester evolves

(Note: click on linked chapters to see powerpoint presentations, if any, given during class)

Date
Day
Chapters
Topics
HW
JAN 8
M
Discussion of syllabus and introduction
JAN 10
W
Heat and temperature
JAN 12
F
Math review
JAN 15
M
No Class
Martin Luther King Day
JAN 17
W
Chapter 3
Probability,
JAN 19
F
Chapter 3
Probability
JAN 22
M
Temperature and thermometry
JAN 24
W
Ensembles and Boltzmann distribution
JAN 26
F
Chapter 5
Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution
JAN 29
M
Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution & ideal gas equation
JAN 31
W
Pressure & ideal gas equation
FEB 2
F
Exam 1
FEB 5
M
Equipartition of energy
FEB 7
W
Energy and first law of thermodynamics
FEB 9
F
Reversibility, isothermal and adiabatic processses
FEB 12
M
Chapter 12
Isothermal and adiabatic processses
FEB 14
W
Heat engines and the second law of thermodynamics
FEB 16
F
Heat engines and the second law of thermodynamics
FEB 19
M
Entropy, reversible and irreversible processes
FEB 21
W
Chapter 14
Entropy, reversible and irreversible processes
FEB 23
F
Chapter 14
Entropy: ideal gas, mixing, Joule expansion,Maxwell demon
FEB 26
M
Chapter 16
Helmholtz free energy and Boltzmann factor
FEB 28
W
In class exam
Exam 2
MAR 2
F
Chapter 16

Thermodynamic potentials and Maxwell's relations

MAR 5
M
No class
Spring break
MAR 7
W
No class
Spring break
MAR 9
F
No class
Spring break
MAR 12
M
Chapter 16
Thermodynamic potentials and available energy
MAR 14
W
Chapter 17
Applications to elastic systems:
MAR 16
F
Chapter 17
Applications to other systems:
MAR 19
M
Chapter 17
Paramagnetism
MAR 21
W
Buffer
Additional Thermal Physics Problems (TdS eqs)
MAR 23
F
Chapter 18
Third law of thermodynamics
MAR 26
M
Chapter 26
van der Waals (vdW) equation for a real gas
MAR 28
W
Chapter 26
Reduced form of vdW equation, corresponding states
MAR 30
F
Chapter 26
vdW gas: phase transitions, coexisting phases
APR 2
M
Chapter 26
vdW gas: Maxwell construction, expansivity, specific heat
APR 4
W
Chapter 27
Joule expansion and Joule-Thomson expansion
APR 6
F
In class exam
Exam 3
APR 9
M
Chapter 27
Reversible adiabatic and isothermal expansions
APR 11
W
Chapter 27
Cooling of vdW gas, inversion curve
APR 13
F
Chapter 22(1,2 &5) Chapter 28
Chemical potential and phase transitions
APR 16
M
Chapter 28
ALC quiz, phase transitions
APR 18
W
Chapter 28
Latent heat, Clausius Clapryon eq, 1st order transitions
APR 20
F
Chapter 28
Gibbs phase rule and metastability
APR 23
M
Chapter 28
Special Topics
APR 25
W
NA
Special Topics and review for finals
 
MAY 2
W
Final exam
Cumulative, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

 

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