Classwork

Previous Classes

PHY340 - THERMAL PHYSICS

  • Textbook: "Thermal Physics" by Charles Kittel and Herbert Kroemer, Second Edition W.H. Freeman and Company, NY (1980)
  • Syllabus: The course will cover most of the material in chapters 1 through 11 of the textbook, plus additional material on thermodynamics. Topics include:
    • The three laws of thermodynamics
    • Statistical definition and interpretation of entropy
    • Boltzmann distribution and Helmholtz free energy
    • Other free energies: Gibbs, enthalpy, ...; Legendre transforms
    • Chemical potential and Gibbs distribution
    • Ideal gas (classical)
    • Noninteracting quantum gas: Fermi and Bose statistics
    • Heat and work
    • Phase transitions
    • Binary mixtures
    • Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution

PHY 213 - ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM II

Topics include:

  • Maxwell's equations
  • Poynting's theorem
  • potentials
  • the wave equation
  • waves in vacuum and in materials
  • transmission and reflection at boundaries
  • guided waves
  • dispersion
  • electromagnetic field of moving charges
  • radiation
  • Lorentz invariance and other symmetries of Maxwell's equations

Prerequisite: Phy 212.
 

PHY 340 - THERMAL PHYSICS

Basic principles of thermodynamics, kinetic theory, and statistical mechanics, with emphasis on applications to classical and quantum mechanical physical systems. Prerequisites: Phy 13 or 21, and Math 23, 32 or 52.

PHY 472 - KINETICS OF FIRST ORDER PHASE TRANSITIONS