(Statistical & Thermal Physics) Web Page, Spring,
2012 1:00-1:50PM, Monday,
Science Room 10 Attention!!
Most of these Physics 4302 pages are under construction!!
may be many more changes as the semester proceeds! Class Announcements &
Usually, these announcements will be updated
each class day
shortly after class has finished.
Physics 4302 Homepage.CourseSyllabus. Library Research Project Rules. Spring, 2012
Calendar. Final Exam Schedule. Last Update, 1/22/2012. LecturesExamsHomework
of the lectures posted on the Lecture Pagewere developed by me. Others are based on lectures
by various other people. I may also post some of these
on the web. If others were
the primary authors, I will, of course, give them proper credit.
#1: For 20 EXTRA POINTS
towards your Homework Grade, send me an email!
Send it to me at
Please include your
name & Physics
4302 in the message. I will use your emails to construct an
accurate email distribution list. I will be using email to send
important announcements & calendar items.The DEADLINEfor this is 5pm,
Tuesday, January 24, 2012!
#2: ASAP!! Read Ch. 1(Introduction to Statistical
Methods) of the book by Reif. The chapter in the book by Blundell & Blundell which
covers similar material is Ch. 3(Probability). Some Power Point
on this material are Here. This material
is an outline of the probablility & statistics needed in this
course . We will spend about a week on this topic. Homework # 1:Reif,
& Blundell, Ch.
February 1!For those who
don't have Blundell & Blundell, I'll pass out copies of the
Email List: I will construct an email list
& send announcement emails.I'll
emails a couple times a week to my list. If you don't receive it, an important reason might be Here. It's vital that I
have your correct
email address, that
you tell me if it changes, & that you check your emailDAILY!! If you aren't on the list, you may miss
announcements. If you aren't receiving my messages &
think you ARE
on my list, something is wrong, so please come & discuss this with
me. My email address is Charley.Myles@ttu.edu.
Video! Look at this video
which is posted on the TTU WebHere. It's about
Kerrick, an accomplished young woman who is also my friend. She is
one of the most distinguished alumni of the Dept. of Physics &
TTU. She has a Physics BS (1991) & MS (1993). She is a Flight
Director for the International Space
Station! While she was here, I taught her in at least 2 undergrad
classes & one graduate class. She was always at the top of those
classes & was a pleasure to teach. She was Commencement
speaker in Dec., 2010. I'm proud of her success. TTU has done an
excellent job on this video, which is excellent PR for TTU &
our department. U-Tube also has many videos of interviews with
her in her Flight Director job. She visited the
department many times since she graduated & she is still as nice,
outgoing, & energetic as she was when she was a student. More
information about her is Here.
Richard P. Feynman: In
class, I briefly mentioned Richard
Feynman. If you are curious, you can find out a lot about him by
looking on the web Here.
Also, I have put together a power point file of short summary of his
life & accomplishments. If you like, you may download it Here.
Downloading Lectures &
Homework/Exam Solutions: Some
files are large! If you have a
connection, this may mean long download times. So, it might
be more efficient to SAVE
the file & open it later, rather than open it directly.
also might be more efficient to go to the ATLC (library
basement) & use a direct
connection. I've tested all
files using both Internet Explorer (IE) & Mozilla Firefox &
you use some versions of IE, there's a problem printing .jpg files. For
these don't fit properly on the page when you "Print" from
the screen, even though it looks ok on the screen. A way
around this (cumbersome!) is to
download the .jpg to a file & use a picture viewer to view &
print it. Using Firefox this doesn't occur. I think its a
defect in IE.
Groups: Forming study groups to
collaborate on homework, etc. is an EXCELLENT
idea! Its easier to learn stuff with friends' help! If
you don't have friends in class, maybe you should make some! I strongly
encourage you to form such groups! This
is how physicists work in real situations! However,
CONSULTATION with people who had this course
previously is allowed! Also, NO
use of problem solutions posted in previous years
allowed! This is on the honor system! It will do you no good to merely
copy old solutions! Copying solutions will NOT
teach you physics!
Student (Koushik Biswas) graduated in August,
2007. See his Dissertation
for more details, Unfortunately, my
most recent PhD student (Emmanuel Nenghabi) passed
away in 2009. See a memorial page to him Here. TTU awarded him a Poshumous PhD in May, 2009.
See his Proposal for details of his
research. Both Koushik Biswas and Emmanuel Nenghabi have a number of
The WORLD YEAR OF
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since Albert Einstein published 3 pioneering
Effect), which changed
physics forever & are considered the beginning of "modern"
physics! (He won the 1921
Nobel Prize for the Photoelectric Effect!). The United
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societies of many
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information, click the image on the left.