PHY 410 - Thermal and Statistical Physics

Spring 2015


Equilibrium statistical mechanics and thermodynamics, kinetic theory, phase transformations.

Lectures: MWF 4:10-5:00pm in 1420 BPS

Lecture Schedule



Pawel Danielewicz, Lecturer
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)
QiWang.jpg 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.