Instructor: Dr. Irina Nesmelova

Office: Bioinformatics 231
Phone 704-687-8145
e-mail: Irina.Nesmelova@uncc.edu

Office Hours: Contact me anytime you have questions. Office hours are by appointment.
Preparation: Prerequisites: CHEM 1251, 1251L, PHYS 3101, 3121 and MATH 2241.
Required Text: Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics by F. Reif (McGraw-Hill Series in Fundamentals of Physics).
Supplementary materials: scientific calculator, pen/pencil and notebook for notes.
Topics to be covered: see detailed schedule below. We will skip some sections in the book due to limited time, but you will be able to study them on your own, because we will cover the necessary fundamentals.
Examination and Grading Procedures: Your total grade will be made up from:
10%     quizzes
15%     Test 1
15%     Test 2
15%     Test 3
15%     Test 4
30%     Final
Tests must be taken on the day they are scheduled. No make-up tests. If you have to miss the test for legitimate reasons beyond your control (e.g. illness, etc.) you must notify me before the test. Quizzes will contain problems and/or concept questions and will be based on your homework problems.
Homework: Homework is the key to success in any physics course. Suggested homework problems will be given after every class. I will not check the homework. However, quizzes will contain homework questions or problems. I will answer homework questions during class or on review days.
Grade Scale: There is no curve in the course. The median or average class grade is not predetermined.
A (100% to 90%), B (89% to 80%), C (79% to 70%), D (69% to 60%), F (below 59%).
Expectation for tests: tests are closed book, closed homework and notes, closed laptops tests, and no phone or other electronic devices (except basic calculator) tests.
Final: The final exam will cover all chapters.
Attendance: Although I grade your performance, not attendance, please keep in mind that this is not an online course. Skipping lectures and attending tests only is not allowed.
Integrity and Honor code: Students are required to read and abide by the Code of Student Academic Integrity. Violations of the Code of Student Academic Integrity, including plagiarism, will result in disciplinary action as provided in the Code. Definitions and examples of plagiarism are set forth in the Code. The Code is available from the Dean of Students Office or online at: http://www.legal.uncc.edu/policies/ps-105.html.
If you have a disability that qualifies you for academic accommodations, please provide a letter of accommodation from Disability Services in the beginning of the semester. For more information regarding accommodations, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 704-687-4355 or stop by their office in 230 Fretwell.

Course schedule:

Lecture 1 1/09 1.1-1.4 Introduction to statistical methods. HW1: 1.1, 1.4, 1.6, 1.8*
Lecture 2 1/14 1.5-1.6 Probability distribution for large N. HW2: 1.10, 1.16, 1.17
Lecture 3 1/16 1.1-1.9 Random walk problem. HW3: 1.18, 1.22, 1.23
Lecture 4 1/21 class notes Example applications of random walk problem. HW4: get ready for quiz
Lecture 5 1/23 2.1-2.3 Statistical formulation of the mechanical problem. Quiz 1. HW5: 2.1, 2.2, 2.4
Lecture 6 1/28 2.5 Density of states. HW6: 2.4 finish
Lecture 7 1/30 3.1-3.7 Thermal equilibrium. HW7: 3.1, 3.2
Test 1 2/4 Test 1
Lecture 8 2/6 3.9-3.10 Entropy. HW8: 3.1, 3.2, 3.3*
Lecture 9 2/11 3.11-3.12 TD laws and basic statistical relations. HW9: 3.4, 3.6
Lecture 10 2/13 snow storm class cancelled
Lecture 10 2/18 4.1-4.4 Work. Heat. HW10: 4.1, 4.2, 4.3
Lecture 11 2/20 4.5-4.6, 5.2 Entropy. Specific heat of ideal gas. HW11: 4.5, 5.1 Quiz 2.
Lecture 12 2/25 5.1-5.4 The equation of state. Ideal gas processes. HW12: 5.1, 5.2, 5.4, 5.5
Lecture 13 2/27 5.11-5.12 Heat engines and refrigerators. HW13: 5.22, 5.23, 5.26
Lecture 14 3/11 5.5 TD potentials. HW14: read 5.5
Test 2 3/13 Test 2
Lecture 15 3/18 6.1-6.3 Canonical ensemble. Paramagnetism. HW15: 6.2, 6.3, 6.4
Lecture 16 3/20 6.5-6.6 Connection with TD. HW16: 6.1, 6.5, 6.7, 6.10, 6.11*
Lecture 17 3/25 7.2-7.4 Ideal gas. HW17: 7.1, 7.3
Lecture 18 3/27 7.5-7.7 The equipartition theorem. Specific heats of solids. HW18: 7.2, 7.6-7.8, 7.10. Quiz 3.
Lecture 19 4/1 7.9-7.10 Kinetic theory of dilute gases in equilibrium. HW19: 7.19 (a-c), 7.20
Lecture 20 4/3 8.1-8.4 General equilibrium conditions.
Test 3 4/8 Test 3
Lecture 21 4/10 Guest lecture Dr. Jacobs.
Lecture 22 4/15 8.5-8.6 Phase transformations. HW22: 8.2, 8.4, 8.6, 8.11
Lecture 23 4/17 8.7-8.9 Real gases.
Lecture 24 4/22 9.1-9.3 MB, FD, BE statistics. General considerations.
Lecture 25 4/24 class notes Degenerate Fermi gas. BE condensation.
Test 4 4/29 Test 4
Final 5/8
(2-4.30pm)
   



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