Reading assignments are listed here. Please remember to post your comments and questions to the course WebCT site. Thanks.
Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday 

September 3 Simulation; teamwork on microstates and combinatorics 
9/4 Binomial distribution; mean values; derivative trick Reading: ii25 
9/5 
9/6 mean values; dispersion; Stirling approximation 

9/9 Gaussian distribution Reading: Chapter 2 
9/10 Central limit theorem + combinatorics/normal 
9/11 Entropy and temperature Reading: 5577 HW 1 
9/12 
9/13 Einstein's brick Reading: Chapter 4 
9/16 Boltzmann factor Reading: Chapter 5 
9/17 Partition function and average energy; 2level system 
9/18 Quantum SHO HW 2 
9/19 
9/20 Heat capacity 
9/23 Shoes and the probability view of entropy Reading: Chapter 6 
9/24 Classical phase space, equipartition 
9/25 Equipartition Reading: 145157 HW 3 
9/26 
9/27 Equipartition and Maxwell distribution 
9/30 Particle in a box Reading: 157168 
10/1 Midterm preparation 
10/2 Midterm 1 HW 4 
10/3 
10/4 Midterm back; discussed 
10/7 Particle in a box, II Reading: 157168 
10/8 Equipartition; Ex 8.1, Ex 8.3, Q 8.5 
10/9 Real gases Reading: 171178 HW 5 
10/10 
10/11 Expansions Reading: 179185 
10/14 Chemical potential and the FRTD Reading: 189196 
10/15 Computer calculation of rot part funct stuff 
10/16 Maxwell relations; meaning of µ Reading: 196205 HW 6 
10/17 
10/18 Isothermal atmosphere, etc. 
10/21 Fall break 
10/22 Fall break 
10/23 Ergodicity and connection to mechanics; overview of TD 
10/24 
10/25 Why is it colder in the mountains? 
10/28 Extensivity, Euler, and GibbsDuhem? 
10/29 Roll your own Maxwell 
10/30 Stability of phases; ClausiusClapeyron HW 7 
10/31 
11/1 Heat engines 
11/4 JouleThomson; gas liquefaction 
11/5 Reduction of derivatives 
11/6 Refrigerators HW 8 
11/7 
11/8 TD summary MT2 out 
11/11 Chemical equilibrium MT2 in 
11/12 Saha? 
11/13 Thermal diffusion; begin kinetics 
11/14 
11/15 Detailed balance, effusion 
11/18 Viscosity & Boyle 
11/19 MT 
11/20 Grand canonical ensemble; Fermi and Bose HW 9 
11/21 
11/22 Fermi gases; metals 
11/25 Bose gases; thermal radiation 
11/26 Radiation 
11/27 BEC paper due 
11/28 
11/29 Thanksgiving 
12/2 Normal modes of solids 
12/3 Einstein and Debye 
12/4 HW 10 
12/5 
12/6 review due 
12/9 
12/10 
12/11 HW 11 
12/12 
12/13 Final class 
12/16 
12/17 
12/18 Final due 
Updated 10/21/02 .