Physics 112 Home Page

This page contains copies of the class handouts, and other items of interest to the Physics 112 class.


new!!! Solutions to the final exam have now been posted. Click here for the solutions in pdf format. Hard copies of the final exam solutions are also available from me. You may stop by my office in Kerr Hall to pick up the solutions and have a look at the graded final exam. I will return the final exams after the narrative evaluations are written.

The PHYS 112 page, which has been maintained by ERes, is now terminated. But all the information that was on that page (and more) will be maintained on this web site for the indefinite future.

new!!! I've added a new article called Thermodynamics Using Coins by Sadri Hassani to the list of articles of interest. Check it out! Also, please note the new section on related web pages of interest to aficionados of thermal physics!

Table of Contents

[ I. General Information and Syllabus | II. Problem Sets and Exams | III. Solutions to Problem Sets and Exams | IV. Other Class Handouts | V. Articles of Interest | VI. Recommended Outside Reading | VII. Related Web Pages of Interest]

I. General Information and Syllabus

The General Information and Syllabus handout is available in either PDF or Postscript format     [PDF | Postscript]
Some of the information in this handout is reproduced here.

General Information

Instructor Howard Haber
Office 211 Kerr Hall
Phone 459-4228
Office Hours Mondays and Tuesdays, 3--4 pm

Class Hours

Lectures: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10--11:45 am, 283 Kerr Hall
Discussion Section: Wednesday evening, 6--7:30 pm, 289 Kerr Hall

Required Textbook

Thermal Physics, by Ralph Baierlein

Course Grading and Requirements

40% Weekly Homework (9 problem sets)
15% First Midterm Exam (Tuesday, February 1, 2000)
15% Second Midterm Exam (Tuesday, February 22, 2000)
30% Final Exam (Friday, March 17, 2000, 7:30--10:30 pm)

Weekly homework assignments will be handed out each Thursday and are due at the beginning of class on the Thursday of the following week. The homework problem sets are not optional. You are encouraged to discuss the class material and homework problems with your classmates and to work in groups, but all submitted problems should represent your own work and understanding. In order that homework can be graded efficiently and returned quickly, there will be a 50\% penalty for late homework. This penalty may be waived in special circumstances if you see me before the original due date. Homework solutions will be made available each Tuesday (following the Thursday due date); no late homeworks will be accepted after that.

The two midterm exams and final exams will be held in the same classroom as the lectures. The final exam will cover the complete course material. You must take the final exam to pass the course.

Course Syllabus

The course syllabus is available in either PDF or Postscript format     [PDF | Postscript]

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II. Problem Sets and Exams

Problem sets and exams are available in either PDF or Postscript formats

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III. Solutions to Problem Sets and Exams

The scanned versions of handwritten problem set and exam solutions are available in PDF format

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IV. Other Class Handouts

1. Mathematical Notes on the Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein Integrals.     [Postscript | PDF]

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V. Articles of Interest

The following articles are related to the course material and should be of special interest to students of Physics 112.

1. Sadi Carnot, `Founder of the Second Law of Thermodynamics'     [PDF]
By Herman Erlichson (CUNY, Staten Island).
European Journal of Physics 20 (1999) 183--192.

2. The Car and the Goats.     [PDF]
By Leonard Gillman.
The American Mathematical Monthly 99 (1992) 3--7.

3. Thermodynamics Using Coins     [PDF]
By Sadri Hassani (Illinois State University).
European Journal of Physics 21 (2000) 41--47.

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VI. Recommended Outside Reading

  1. Thermal Physics, by Charles Kittel and Herbert Kroemer
  2. Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics, by F. Reif
  3. An Introduction to Thermal Physics by Daniel V. Schroeder
  4. Introductory Statistical Mechanics by Roger Bowley and Mariana Sanchez
  5. Statistical Physics, by F. Mandl
  6. Thermodynamics, Kinetic Theory, and Statistical Thermodynamics, by Francis W. Sears and Gerhard L. Salinger

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VII. Related Web Pages of Interest

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Last Updated: March 28, 2000