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PHYS 224, Winter 2003 Thermal Physics
Syllabus
Please note that some of the details given below may change as we go through the quarter.
Class date 
Topics 
Giancoli sections 
Other reading 
M Jan 6 
Admin. Fluid statics:
density, pressure, compressibility; suction 
131,132 

W Jan 8 
Quiz 1. Pressure variation with position; buoyancy; Pascal's and
Archemedes' principles 
133 to136 

F Jan 10 
Fluid dynamics: continuity equation; Bernoulli equation 
137 to 139 

M Jan 13 
Quiz 2. Applications of continuity and Bernoulli equations 

Aerodynamics
of bicycles 
W Jan 15
HW1 due 
Viscosity; turbulence; surface tension 
1310 to 1312 
The
transition to turbulence 
F Jan 17 
Definition and measurement of temperature. Zeroth law
of thermodynamics. Ideal gas thermometer. Absolute
temperature. 
172 to 175,1710 
Essay
on temperature 
M Jan 20 
MLK holiday 


W Jan 22
HW2 due 
Quiz 3. Ideal gas law. Thermal expansion of solids, liquids and
gases. 
174 to 178 

F Jan 24 
Atomic picture. Kinetic theory of ideal
gas. Equipartition. 
171,179,181 

M Jan 27 
Quiz 4. Nonideal gases. Statistical mechanics and
distribution functions. 
182 to 185 

W Jan 29
HW3 due 
Brownian motion. rms velocity and mean velocity. 
182 

F Jan 31 
MIDTERM 1 


M Feb 3 
Exam return.
MaxwellBoltzmann velocity distribution.
More about distribution functions. 

Derivation
of MB distribution 
W Feb 5
HW4 due 
Boltzmann distribution. Mean free path
and its distribution; diffusion. 
186,7 
Boltzmann
distribution 
F Feb 7 
Heat as energy; work; internal energy; first
law of thermodynamics; heat capacity; latent heat. 
191 to 195 

M Feb 10 
Quiz 5. Phase
diagram of water. Changes of state. 
Figs 186 and 195, Sec. 196 

W Feb 12
HW5 due 
Quiz 6. Quasistatic,
adiabatic,
isothermal, isobaric processes. Degrees of freedom; equipartition of energy; heat
capacities
of gases. Adiabatic expansion of gases. 
197,199 

F Feb 14 
Molecular gases. Heat transfer; thermal conductivity; thermal
radiation. 
198,1910 

M Feb 17 
Presidents Day holiday 


W Feb 19
HW6 due 
Quiz 7.
Black body radiation. Planck distribution; color; Wien's law. 
381 

F Feb 21 
Second law of thermodynamics (Clausius statement). Heat engines;
efficiency. Stirling engine. Reversible processes; 
201,2,3 

M Feb 24 
Quiz 8.
Carnot engine; Maximum efficiency; Refrigerators; Carnot's theorem. 
204 

W Feb 26 
Definition of entropy. Entropy always
increases. 
205 to 209


F Feb 28
HW7 due 
Microscopic picture
and Boltzmann's
law, S = k ln W. Entropy pennies. Applications and review. 
2010 

M Mar 3 
MIDTERM 2 


W Mar 5 
Special study session. 


F Mar 7
HW8 due 
Exam return.
PVT surfaces. Phase boundaries; coexistence; vapor
pressure; dew point; triple point. 
183 to 185 
Phase
diagrams
PVTsurface 
M Mar 10 
Quiz 9.
Thermodynamic potentials: internal energy, enthalpy, Gibbs free
energy, and Helmholtz free energy. 

Hyperphysics 
W Mar 12 
Equilibrium and available energy. Maxwell relations. 

Notes 
F Mar 14
HW9 due 
Applications and review. 


Th Mar 20 
FINAL 


Reading material
The required course book is Giancoli's Physics for Scientists and Engineers (3rd Edition). Additional notes will be provided as we go along.
Recommended books are:
(1) An Introduction to Thermal Physics by Daniel V. Schroeder (for a modern, insightful, more thorough treatment of thermodynamics and statistical physics)
(2) Physics Volume I, by Resnick, Halliday and Krane, (some of you may have this already  it is a little more detailed and has some more challenging problems than Giancoli).
(3) Thermodynamics, by Enrico Fermi (Dover, $8.95)  a brief, elegant and authoritative monograph.
(4) The Flying Circus of Physics by Jearl Walker (worldoutthere physics questions, for your enjoyment!)
