|| How mysterious
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INTRODUCTION TO THERMODYNAMICS, KINETICS, AND STATISTICAL MECHANICS
M, W, F 11:15 AM - 12:05 PM
312A/B Bruininks Hall
Fall Semester 2017
Instructor: Professor Christopher Cramer
Katelyn (Katie) Youmans
- Here is a pdf version of the syllabus,
which includes a day-by-day outline of the course schedule.
- Reading assignments, by day, can be found in the syllabus.
- The course lectures are delivered as videos.
- Modules 1 through 8 are
hosted on the
associated with the course. They can also be found on this
playlist, but they will lack the embedded self-assessments included on
the Coursera platform.
- Modules 9 through 13 are hosted on this
playlist. Self-assessments are presented as slides with problems that
can be worked on while the video is paused.
- White-background copies of all slides are available for download
- In-the-classroom active learning materials may be found here after their presentation. Additional worked out
problems and examples are also provided.
- Assignments and answer keys can be found here.
- Note that group collaboration on homework is allowed. See the syllabus for details.
Exams (see syllabus for dates)
The first exam (Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 11:15 - 12:05) will be taken by
students in two locations. If your last name begins with any of the
letters K through Z, inclusive, you will take the exam in the normal
classroom (312A/B Bruininks). If your last name begins with any of the
letters A through J, inclusive, you will take the exam in Room 209 of
Akerman Hall (map).
An equation sheet will be provided with each exam. It is also provided
those wishing to use it in studying. In addition, while it will
not be provided with the exam, some may find this sheet a handy reminder of how to
manipulate logarithms and exponentials.
You are welcome to alert me to links that you think would benefit the
class by being included in the below listing.
- An essay on the meaning of the partition function (pdf).
- A detailed explanation of the concept of "reversibility" (thanks to
Prof. David Blank for this pdf).
- A detailed explanation of the concept of "reversibility" as it affects
changes in entropy (thanks again to
Prof. David Blank for this other pdf).
- A detailed (and highly amusing) explanation of statistical entropy
and spontaneity using, um,
- A free online textbook by DeVoe entitled
and Chemistry that may offer slightly contrasting coverage of many of
the topics in this course, and also includes some worked out problems and
useful appendices reviewing relevant background math, physics, and
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Updated July 27, 2017, CJC
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