Physics 4302 (Statistical & Thermal Physics), Spring, 2017
A Required Course for the BS in Physics!
Attention!! Many of these Statistical & Thermal Physics pages are under construction!!
There may be more changes as the semester progresses!!!
Class Meets: 1:00-1:50PM, Monday,
Science Room 234
Course Syllabus. Library Research Project Rules.
Spring, 2017 TTU Academic Calendar. Final Exam Schedule. Last Update, 1/26/2017
Final Exam Schedule. Announcements Lectures Exams Homework
Physics 5305 (Statistical Physics) is a graduate course covering some of the same topics as this course.
An old webpage for Physics 5305 is Here. A new webpage for it (under construction) is Here.
Instructor & Contact InformationDr. Charles W. Myles, Professor of Physics. Office: Science Room 18.Phone: 834-4563. E-mail: Charley.Myles@ttu.edu.Office Hours: Right after class + 4 - 5pm MWF, & by appointment.Webpages: Departmental Page. Personal Page. An email distribution list will be developed. Here is an important email announcement!!Please be sure that I have your correct email address and that you check your email often!
- 1. Primary Textbook: Fundamentals
of Statistical &
Thermal Physics, by F. Reif.
- This book is REQUIRED!
- Published by Waveland Press. It is available from them Here. It's Amazon page is Here.
- 2. Recommended
Textbook: Classical & Statistical Thermodynamics, by Ashley Carter.
- Published by Pearson. It is
them Here. It's Amazon page is Here.
- More discussion of the textbooks is Here.
Topics & Objectives Topics:
Selected sections from
Chapters 1-10 of Reif's book.
Detailed coverage will be announced as we go.
is Here. PLEASE READ IT!!Objectives: 1.
To introduce students to upper undergraduate level statistical
& thermal physics
& its applications.2.
For students to learn the fundamentals of this important topic.
3. This is a core course for undergraduate Physics Majors.
Resources & Hints
with links to Statistical
web help and hints resources is Here...
A discussion of the Physics and Math level of
the course is Here.
A JUNIOR-SENIOR PHYSICS MAJORS COURSE!
I expect you to come to
prepared, to do the homework, to READ the
material BEFORE I lecture over
it, & to keep up as we go along!
- I don't
take roll & have no
specific attendance policy. However, isn't it obvious that class
attendance is REQUIRED to
grade? To encourage attendance,
especially on Fridays,
a short (~10 min.) Quiz will
given EACH FRIDAY.
- NOTE: The
start Thursday evening
or end Monday evening!
& Monday are class days &
- More discussion of attendance is Here.
& Calendar Items
Page: Has announcements
& calendar items. Please check it often!
- Lectures, Homework Solutions, Exams & Solutions
- COPYRIGHT: All lectures & exams are
copyrighted & owned by C.W.
- Lecture Page: Has
lectures in Power Point format.
Some of these may be modified
as the semester progresses!
also may be some new some lectures added!
Page: Has some old Exams & solutions.
- The exams
Page: Will have
some homework assignments & solutions.
- The ONLY way to
physics is to DO
- by WORKING
MANY, MANY PROBLEMS!!.
- More discussion of the homework & of the advantages of collaboration on the problems is Here.
Library Research paper will be due at the end of the
- This will be
discussed in more detail
as the semester
- Some rules about this are Here. Some past Student Research Project Topics are Here.
you curious about me, my education, experience, research,
- See my Homepage, my Research
Page, my Personal & Family Page.
- My Facebook Profile.
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