PHYS 3P41: Statistical Physics 1
Course Outline 2017
What this course is about:
This course will provide an introduction to concepts in Thermal and Statistical Physics. The course
will have three major sections: Kinetic Theory, Classical Thermodynamics
and an introduction to Statistical Mechanics.
Prerequisite: PHYS 2P50
Kinetic Theory of Gases
- Heat, Heat Capacity
- Review of Probability
- Statistical Interpretation of Temperature
- Maxwell Boltzmann Distribution
- Gas Laws
- Effusion, Flux
- Transport Properties
- Thermal Diffusion Equation
- The First Law of Thermodynamics
- Isothermal and Adiabatic Processes
- The Second Law of Thermodynamics, Heat Engines
- Thermodynamic Potentials, Maxwell's Relations
- The Third Law of Thermodynamics
- Equipartition of Energy
- Partition Function, Functions of State
- Chemical Potential, Grand Partition Function
- Further Examples (time permitting)
Concepts in Thermal Physics, 2nd Edition by Stephen J. Blundell and Katherine M. Blundell
on reserve in the library
as well as in e-book format
Monday and Friday 12:30-2:00 pm, in TH 240
17:00-18:00 pm Wednesday in WH 305
Maureen Reedyk (MC B205, ext. 3877, e-mail: email@example.com)
The marking scheme:
|| Assigned during lecture.
|Tutorial Work Sheets
|| Completed during Tutorial hour.
|| During Lecture Period Fri. Oct. 27, 2017
|| You must obtain a grade of 40% or greater on the final exam in order to pass the course
- Must be present in tutorial to obtain credit for tutorial work.
- No late Assignments or Tutorial Work Sheets will be accepted.
- The test and the examination will be based on material covered during lectures, tutorials and homework assignments.
- Topics may be covered in lectures, tutorials, assigned reading and/or assignments.
- If your grade is less than 40% on the final exam your final grade
in the course can be no greater than 45%.