**21-Jan-2003**:
Solutions to the 1999 final are
here.

**07-Jan-2003 (typo corrected 13-Jan-2003)**: We will have review sessions on
Monday afternoon, January 20, starting at 1:30
(**not** 4:30 as originally posted) and Tuesday
evening, January 21, starting at 7:30. Both reviews will be in
Jadwin A06. (Note - not our regular classroom!) The final from
the fall semester, 1999, the last time I taught the course, is
here. I will prepare some things for
the review and one of the things we might do is go over the
1999 final. However, the review will be most effective if you
come with questions!

**27-Nov-2002**: The homework 10 due date is changed
yet again to Thursday, December 5, 5pm.

**22-Nov-2002**: The homework 10 due date is changed
to Wednesday, Decemnber 4, 5pm. This is to give a little
breathing room between turning in the draft of your junior paper
on Monday and doing homework 10.

**08-Nov-2002**: The arrangement of topics in the
syllabus for weeks 9 and 10 has been changed slightly to better
accommodate Thanksgiving.

**17-Oct-2002**: There is no problem session
Sunday, October 27. There is a problem session is Sunday, November
3.

**11-Oct-2002 4:50 pm**: Lecture 16 replaced to
add numerical values for Fermi energy and temperature of copper.

**04-Oct-2002**: Sameer's office hours have been
changed to 4:30 Monday afternoons.

**03-Oct-2002**: I've collected all the lecture
section headings into a single file to make it easier to find
which lecture covers which topic. See below.

**26-Sep-2002**: Problem Sessions moved to Jadwin
4th floor lounge (see below).

**26-Sep-2002 1:25 pm**: Homework 2 replaced to
correct references to lectures.

**Course Instructor:**
Ed Groth, Jadwin 264, x8-4361,
*groth@physics.princeton.edu*.

**Office Hours:** Most afternoons - give a call before walking
across campus! Almost surely Wednesday afternoons, 2:00-4:00 pm.

**Teaching Assistant:** Sameer Murthy,
Jadwin 424,
x8-5934,
*smurthy@phoenix.princeton.edu*.

**Office Hours:** Monday afernoons,
4:30 - pm.

**Course Manager:** Martin Kicinski, 208,
x8-4408,
*kicinski@princeton.edu*.

**Lectures:** Monday, Wednesday, & Friday,
10:00-10:50 am,
Jadwin A08.

**Problem Session:** Sunday evenings, 7pm, Fourth
Floor Lounge, Jadwin 403. (Moved starting 29-Sep-2002.)
Starting 22-Sep-2002.

** Text:** Kittel & Kroemer, *Thermal Physics*
2^{nd} ed., Freeman.
(to be followed
closely or loosely depending on the topic)

** Others:** Mandl, *Statistical Physics*, Wiley. Similar to K&K.

Reif, *Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics*,
McGraw Hill. Also similar to K&K.

Feynman, *Statistical Mechanics, a Set of
Lectures*, Addison Wesley. This is fairly advanced, but it's
always worthwhile to see what Feynman has to say.

Callen, *Thermodynamics*, Wiley. A classic treatment of
thermodynamics.

I've asked that all the above be placed on reserve at Fine Library.

**Homework:** Assigned Monday (I will try, but sometimes the
assignment may not be ready until Wednesday!), due the next
Tuesday in the department office (208) by 5pm,
returned the next Monday. 50% of grade. Collaboration
encouraged (but not copying!). Late homework may receive only
half or none of the grade depending on how late it is and how it
fits into the grading schedule!

**Midterm:** None.

**Final:** 50% of grade.

We will start by following K&K and cover fundamentals of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics, including temperature and entropy. We will cover the Boltzmann, Bose, and Fermi distributions; black body radiation; chemical potential; Gibbs free energy; and phase transitions. Then we'll consider some of the more advanced topics in K&K. A more detailed syllabus is in the table below.

The lecture notes and the homework assignments will be available for downloading. Note that I write the lecture notes mainly so I know what I'm going to say. I like to distribute them so you can follow along in lecture rather than having to worry about taking notes.

The notes and assignments are written in TeX and converted to postscript which is converted to PDF. You will need a to be able to view and print PDF for downloading to be useful! Acrobat Reader from Adobe is a free viewer for PDF format. The files are large because the fonts used by TeX are embedded in the files.

If you discover errors or typos, or just plain unclear passages, let
me know at *groth@physics.princeton.edu*.

You may occasionally get a file not found error if I've put in the link, but haven't installed to the actual file yet.

Lecture section headings to help find which lecture covers a particular topic.

Week | Starting Date | Tentative Topics | ||||

Lectures | Homework Assignments and Solutions | |||||

0 | 9-Sep-2002 | Introduction, Thermodynamic Conccepts | ||||

1 | No homework this week! | |||||

1 | 16-Sep-2002 | Entropy, Temperature, Pressure, Chemical Potential, Probability | ||||

2 | 3 | 4 | Due: 24-Sep-2002 | Homework 1 | Solutions | |

2 | 23-Sep-2002 | Boltzmann Factor, Partition Function, Particle in a Box, Free Energy | ||||

5 | 6 | 7 | Due: 1-Oct-2002 | Homework 2 | Solutions | |

3 | 30-Sep-2002 | Harmonic Oscillator, Classical/Quantum Cavity Radiation, Oscillator Applications | ||||

8 | 9 | 10 | Due: 8-Oct-2002 | Homework 3 | Solutions | |

4 | 7-Oct-2002 | Chemical Potential, Gibbs Distribution, Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein Distributions | ||||

11 | 12 | 13 | Due: 15-Oct-2002 | Homework 4 | Solutions | |

5 | 14-Oct-2002 | Ideal Gas (again), Sackur-Tetrode Entropy, Ideal Fermi Gas | ||||

14 | 15 | 16 | Due: 22-Oct-2002 | Homework 5 | Solutions | |

6 | 21-Oct-2002 | Fermi Gases, Bose-Einstein Gases, Heat, Work, Carnot Cycle | ||||

17 | 18 | 19 | Due: 5-Nov-2002 | Homework 6 | Solutions | |

28-Oct-2002 | Midterm Break | |||||

7 | 4-Nov-2002 | Gibbs Free Energy, Chemical Equilibrium, Saha Equation, Phase Transitions | ||||

20 | 21 | 22 | Due: 12-Nov-2002 | Homework 7 | Solutions | |

8 | 11-Nov-2002 | Phase Transition Examples, Ising Model | ||||

23 | 24 | 25 | Due: 19-Nov-2002 | Homework 8 | Solutions | |

9 | 18-Nov-2002 | Mixtures, Getting Cold, Semiconductor Basics | ||||

26 | 27 | 28 | Due: 26-Nov-2002 | Homework 9 | Solutions | |

10 | 25-Nov-2002 | Electrons in Semiconductors | ||||

29 | 30 | Due: 3-Dec-2002 | Homework 10 | Solutions | ||

11 | 2-Dec-2002 | Collisions, Mean Free Path, Transport | ||||

31 | 32 | 33 | Due: 10-Dec-2002 | Homework 11 | Solutions | |

12 | 9-Dec-2002 | High Vacuum, Diffusion, Sound Waves and Heat Losses | ||||

34 | 35 | 36 | Due: Never | Homework 12 | Solutions |

Copyright © 2002, Princeton University Physics Department and E. J. Groth