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 
MaxwellBoltzmann distribution 

JAN 29 
M 

MaxwellBoltzmann 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 JouleThomson 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 
