Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics – PHYS 432

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 09/30/2022

Course Description

Overview of topics in thermodynamics and statistical mechanics.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

This course builds upon the introductory thermodynamic course by introducing statistical mechanics and its relationship to equilibrium thermodynamics.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Homework Quizzes (6)

These homework quizzes will be completed in Canvas. Each of the Homework Quizzes will have approximately 10 questions. The questions will consist of multiple choice, numerical calculation, and hand-written answers. For the hand-written answers, a device must be used to take a picture of the work, and the file containing the picture will be submitted for that particular question. The Homework Quizzes will be available throughout the entire duration of the module. However, it must be completed by the due date.

Quizzes (6)

Quizzes will be completed through Canvas, and each quiz will have 10 questions. The questions will consist of multiple choice, numerical calculation, and hand-written answers. For the hand-written answers, a device must be used to take a picture of the work, and the file containing the picture will be submitted for that particular question. The quiz is available throughout the entire duration of the module. However, once opened there will be a time limit of 2 hours for its completion. It must be completed by the due date.

Quiz: Exams (2)

There will be 2 Quiz: Exams throughout the course covering the Learn material from previous module: weeks. The exams will consist of multiple choice, numerical calculation, and hand-written work questions. The exam will be similar to Homework assignments in that it will be available to be worked on throughout the during of the module. There will be no time limit, but the exams must be completed by the end of the module. Note that the last module is a short week and ends on Friday rather than Monday.