Instructor: Dr. Irina Nesmelova
Office: Bioinformatics 231
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).
In addition, I will be taking some problems from An Introduction to Thermal Physics by Daniel V. Schroeder (Addison-Wesley). This book is not required.
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:
20% Test 1
20% Test 2
20% Test 3
20% Test 4
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 questions on homework problems. I will answer homework questions during class or on review days. HW solutions will be available before the quiz or test.
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. But you may bring a list of equations to the test.
Optional test: The optional test will cover all chapters. You may replace the worst test score with the score from optional test. It will not decrease your grade.
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.
|Lecture 1||1/10||1.1-1.6||Introduction to statistical methods. Random walk. Binomial distribution. Gaussian distribution.
|Lecture 3||1/17||Example||Random walk and Brownian motion of molecules.
HW3: 1.16, 1.17, 1.18
|Lecture 4||1/22||2.1-2.6||Statistical formulation of the mechanical problem.
HW4: 2.1, 2.2, 2.4
|Lecture 5||1/24||2.6-2.9||Interactions between macroscopic systems. Quasi-static processes.
HW5: 2.6, 2.11
|Lecture 6||1/29||3.1-3.4||Irreversibility and equilibrium.
HW6: 3.1, 3.2, 3.3
|Lecture 7||1/31||3.5-3.8||Temperature. Thermal equilibrium.|
|Lecture 9||2/7||3.9-3.12||Equilibrium between interacting systems. Entropy.
|Lecture 10||2/12||Ch 1-3||Review 1|
|Lecture 11||2/14||Ch 1-3||Review 2|
|Test 1||2/19||Test 1|
|Lecture 12||2/21||4.1-4.5||Work and energy. Heat capacity and specific heat. HW12: class examples, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3|
|Lecture 13||2/26||5.1-5.3||Ideal gas. Ideal gas processes.
HW13: 5.1, 5.2, 5.4, 5.5
|Lecture 14||2/28||5.11-5.12||Heat engines and refrigerators. The Carnot cycle.
HW14: 5.22, 5.23, 5.26
|Lecture 15||3/12||5.5-5.8||TD relations. Quiz 2.
HW15: get ready for test
|Test 2||3/14||Test 2|
|Lecture 16||3/19||6.1-6.4||Canonical distribution. Example applications of the canonical distribution.
|Lecture 17||3/21||6.5-6.6||Calculation of mean values in a canonical ensemble. Connection with TD.
|Lecture 18||3/26||7.2-7.4||Ideal gas.
HW18: 7.1, 7.3
|Lecture 19||3/28||7.5-7.7||The equipartition theorem. Quiz 3.
|Lecture 20||4/2||7.9-7.10||Kinetic theory of dilute gases in equilibrium.
HW20: 7.19 (a-c), 7.20, 6.34, 6.39 (S)
|Test 3||4/4||Test 3|
|Lecture 21||4/9||8.2-8.3||Equilibrium. Stability conditions.
|Lecture 22||4/11||8.5-8.6||Phase transormations.
HW22: 8.2, 8.4, 8.6, 8.11
|Lecture 23||4/16||Guest lecture||Dr. Jacobs.
HW23 (Quiz 4): which TP concepts are applied in Dr. Jacobs’s research? 1 page or less.
|Lecture 24||4/18||8.7-8.9||Real gases.
HW24: P1, P2, P3.
|Lecture 25||4/23||9.1-9.3||MB, FD, BE statistics. General considerations.
HW25: Ex1, R9.1, R9.2, P1, P2.
|Lecture 26||4/25||9.4-9.7||Degenerate Fermi gas. Bose-Einstein condensation.|
|Test 4||4/30||Test 4|