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.
Requirements:
Prerequisite: PHYS 2P50
Topics covered:
Introduction
 Heat, Heat Capacity
 Review of Probability
 Statistical Interpretation of Temperature
Kinetic Theory of Gases
 Maxwell Boltzmann Distribution
 Gas Laws
 Effusion, Flux
 Collisions
 Transport Properties
 Thermal Diffusion Equation
Classical Thermodynamics
 The First Law of Thermodynamics
 Isothermal and Adiabatic Processes
 The Second Law of Thermodynamics, Heat Engines
 Entropy
 Thermodynamic Potentials, Maxwell's Relations
 Applications
 The Third Law of Thermodynamics
Statistical Mechanics
 Equipartition of Energy
 Partition Function, Functions of State
 Chemical Potential, Grand Partition Function
 Further Examples (time permitting)
Textbook:
Concepts in Thermal Physics, 2nd Edition by Stephen J. Blundell and Katherine M. Blundell
on reserve in the library
as well as in ebook format
Lectures:
Monday and Friday 12:302:00 pm, in TH 240
Tutorial:
17:0018:00 pm Wednesday in WH 305
Instructor:
Maureen Reedyk (MC B205, ext. 3877, email: mreedyk@brocku.ca)
The marking scheme:
Component 
Weight 

Assignments 
20% 
Assigned during lecture. 
Tutorial Work Sheets 
20% 
Completed during Tutorial hour. 
Midterm Test 
20% 
During Lecture Period Fri. Oct. 27, 2017 
Examination 
40% 
You must obtain a grade of 40% or greater on the final exam in order to pass the course 
Academic Misconduct
Notes:
 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%.
