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PY2104: Introduction to thermodynamics and statistical physics
Dr. Asaf Pe'er
- 1st semester, 2017/18 academic year
- Monday 13:05 - 14:00 Kane building, Room G7
- Friday 12:05 - 13:00 Kane building, Room B10A
- Tutorial: Friday, 14:05 - 15:00 Kane building, Room G7
These are my personal lecture notes, that I prepared for my personal use as part of the preparations for teaching this module. I post them here for the sole purpose of assisting the students learning this subject.
I make no claim of originality. I am basing a large part of the text on the book by Franz Mandl , and, to a lesser extent, the book by Stephen Blundell and Katherine Blundell. In preparing these notes, I was also using the lecture notes of Denise Gabuzda and Richard Green.
The final exam is schedule for Tuesday, December 19th, 2017
It will have the same format of previous years exams, namely you will be asked to solve 3 questions out of 4 options.
Naturally, the questions will represent the material studies in class and in homework.
- In the exam you will be asked to show that you understand the material, not that you memorize it. Your best indication about how well you are predicted to do in the exam is how well you do in homework - if you are able to solve the problems yourself, you need not worry.
- The best tip I can give you is that I am looking for physical understanding, rather than for ability to memorize items or to solve complicated mathematical equations. Thus, you should have a clear idea of the meaning of the various terms discussed in class, such as partition function, entropy, Helmholtz free energy, etc. and their use in solving problems. You should be able to conduct basic calculations using these concepts.
For your reference, attached is the Summer 2013 Exam
, and my suggested solutions
Good Luck !!