PHY 410 - Thermal and Statistical Physics
Phone: (517) 908-7330, 5-9672 x 330 from campus
Office: Cyclotron Trailer T2/Rm 7
Office hour: Tue 3-4pm (or by appointment, but the time ahead of the lecture is excluded)
|Qi Wang, Grader
Office hour: Mon 2-3pm, at the central hall of the Cyclotron Trailer T2
Required Textbook: Thermal Physics, 2nd
Edition, Charles Kittel and Herbert Kroemer, 1980
Publisher: W. H. Freeman
ISBN-13 978-0716710882, ISBN-10: 0716710889
Other Potentially Useful Texts:
Alternate book for PHY410: Fundamentals of statistical and thermal physics, F. Reif
Strong thermodynamic foundation: Thermodynamics and an Introduction to Thermostatistics, Herbert B. Callen
Broad perspective: Statistical physics, L.D. Landau and E.M. Lifshitz
Graduate level: Statistical mechanics, Kerson Huang
Clicker Questions: Lectures will be interrupted with
unannounced clicker-questions, with responses provided using i>clickers.
Even incorrect responses will be earning some credit. Extra 2% has
been added to total class score, in order to compensate for any absences
and getting caught by surprise. Multiple-choice answers will be provided
for the questions, so the more primitive remote i>clicker+ should be
sufficient. Older version of that multiple choice remote is likely to work
too. Please supply the ID Code of your remote at the D2L
site for the class (Assessments > Surveys > What is your
i>clicker ID Code?). The i>clicker company further now offers an
option of entering answers using a smartphone app or web interface, as
i>clickerGo. That option will be enabled for the course, but there had
been hiccups with that service during periods of tense WiFi use in the BPS
building. Fortunately, the company offers a free 14-day trial period.
Homework: Weekly homework assignments, see the schedule, will be normally due at the Wednesday lecture, for the material from the preceding week.
Exams: There will be three midterm exams and final.
Grading and policies
D2L site for the course will be used for storing lecture notes and solutions, both under 'Content', and for accessing class scores, under 'Assessments'.
Last revised: January 13 , 2015.