Equations
You can bring a copy of this equation sheet to all tests and exams
Homework
  • Fri. Sept. 7 - HW1 Review of Thermodynamics, heat capacity
    • Readings: Chapter 2 of Modern Thermodynamics with Statistical Mechanics by Carl. S. Helrich, look up electronic copy in Brock Library.
    • There are plenty of web resources on the first law of thermodynamics
    • Problems: Heat Capacity
    • We will work on these problems during the tutorial on Tuesday Sept. 11 (10-11 am)
  • Tues Sept. 11 - HW2 - Review of Quantum Mechanics
  • HW1 problems due Friday Sept. 14
  • Fri. Sept. 14 HW3 - Review of Statistical Mechanics I
  • Tues Sept. 18 - HW4 - Review of Statistical Mechanics II
    • Readings: entropy, partition function; properties of ideal gas; equipartition theorem: any thermal physics textbook
    • Problem: be able to calculate density of states in k space of 2D particle in box
    • Problem: be able to calculate partition function of a 2D ideal gas.
    • Problem: be able to calculate total energy of 2D ideal gas from the partition function; does it agree with the equipartition theorem?
  • HW2,HW3 problems due Friday Sept. 21
  • Test #1 during Tutorial on Tuesday Sept. 25 - will cover HW1,2,3
  • Fri. Sept. 21 HW5 - Review of Statistical Mechanics III
  • Tues. Sept. 25 HW6 - Molar Heat Capacity: Einstein Model
    • Readings: Simon Chapter 2,pp.7-9
    • Problems: exercise 2.1 (a) ; exercise 2.1(b)was done in class
  • Fri. Sept. 28 HW7 - Molar Heat Capacity: Debye Model
    • Readings: Simon Chapter 2,pp.9-16
    • Problems: Simon p. 2.2(b),2.3,2.5; exercise 2.2(a)was done in class
    • Solution: 2.2b simple minded versus accurate
  • Mon. Oct. 1 HW8 - Electrons in Metals: Drude Theory
    • Read Simon Chapter 3, pp. 19-25
    • Problems: Simon pp. 25-26, exercise 3.1
  • HW4, HW5, HW6, HW7 due friday oct. 5
  • Friday Oct. 5 HW9 - Electrons in Metals: Sommerfeld Theory I
    • Read Simon Chapter 4.1,4.2 pp. 27-32
    • Problems: Simon pp.37-38, problems 4.1
  • Reading Week: Oct. 5-12
  • Tuesday Oct. 16 HW10 - Electrons in Metals: Sommerfeld Theory II
    • Read Simon Chapter 4.4,4.5 pp. 34-36
    • Problems: Simon pp.37-38, problems 4.2, 4.7,note that we did 4.3(a) in class
  • HW9,HW10 due friday oct. 19
  • Test #2 during Tutorial on Tuesday Oct. 23 - will cover HW 5,6,7,9,10
  • Fri. Oct. 19 HW 11 - Crystal Structure
    • Read Simon Chapter 12, pp. 113-126
    • Problems: Simon pp. 125-126, prob 12.1,12.2,12.3,12.4,12.5
  • Tues. Oct. 23 HW12 - Reciprocal lattice
    • Read Simon Chapter 13, pp. 127-134
    • Problems: Simon pp. 137-138, prob 13.1,13.2,13.3,13.4
  • Wed. Oct. 25 HW14 - xray diffraction
    • Read Simon Chapter 14, pp.141-144
    • Problems: Simon pp. 159, prob 14.1