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Required Text: "Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics" by Reif

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This course provides an overview of the theory of statistical and thermal physics, and is intended for physics majors.

Grades will be based on two semester exams (20% midterm 1, 20% midterm 2), the final exam (30%), and weekly homework (30%).

**Lecture 1:** (1/24/12) Microscopic vs. macroscopic behaviors
(Chap. 1)

**Lecture 2:** (1/26/12) Phase space; states; quantization (Chap. 2)

**Lecture 3:** (1/31/12) Systems and ensembles (Chap. 1)

**Lecture 4:** (2/2/12) Ensemble averaging; mean values (Chap. 1)

**Lecture 5:** (2/7/12) Bionomial coefficient and binomial distribution (Chap. 1)

**Lecture 6:** (2/9/12) Mean and variance; discrete random walk (Chap. 2)

**Lecture 7:** (2/14/12) Gaussian distribution; Poisson distribution (Chap. 1)

**Lecture 8:** (2/16/12) Interacting systems; approach to equilibium (Chap. 2)

**Lecture 9:** (2/21/12) Boltzmann's *H*-theorem; energy equipartition (Chap. 2)

**Lecture 10:** (2/23/12) **EXAM 1**

**Lecture 11:** (2/28/12) First Law of Thermodynamics (Chap. 2)

**Lecture 12:** (3/1/12) Exact and inexact differentials (Chap. 2)

**Lecture 13:** (3/6/12) Reversible and irreversible processes (Chap. 3)

**Lecture 14:** (3/8/12) Interacting systems (Chap. 3)

**Lecture 15:** (3/13/12) **SPRING BREAK**

**Lecture 16:** (3/15/12) **SPRING BREAK**

**Lecture 17:** (3/20/12) Temperature; heat flow (Chap. 3)

**Lecture 18:** (3/22/12) Second Law of Thermodynamics (Chap. 3)

**Lecture 19:** (3/27/12) Heat Reservoirs (Chap. 3)

**Lecture 20:** (3/29/12) Thermodynamic relations; ideal gas (Chap. 3)

**Lecture 21:** (4/3/12) Third Law of Thermodynamics; heat capacity (Chap. 4)

**Lecture 22:** (4/5/12) **EXAM 2**

**Lecture 23:** (4/10/12) Adiabatic processes (Chap. 5)

**Lecture 24:** (4/12/12) Specific heats (Chap. 5)

**Lecture 25:** (4/17/12) Entropy and adiabatic processes (Chap. 5)

**Lecture 26:** (4/19/12) State variables; Maxwell's relations (Chap. 5)

**Lecture 27:** (4/24/12) Joule-Thompson process (Chap. 5)

**Lecture 28:** (4/26/12) Engines and refrigerators (Chap. 5)

**Lecture 29:** (5/1/12) Boltzmann factor; canonical distribution (Chap. 6)

**Lecture 30:** (5/3/12) Partition functions; Maxwell velocity distribution (Chap. 7)

**FINAL EXAM:** Tuesday, 5/15/12, 1:30pm-4:15pm