**Lecturer**: Prof. Wang Jian-Sheng

**Schedule/Venue**: Monday 4:00-6:00 S14-06-19, Friday 4:00-6:00 LT29

**Final exam**: Tuesday 30 April 2024, 1:00pm, venue S13-M-09;
**Midterm**: Friday 8 Mar (all close book)

**Textbook:**
"An Introduction to Thermal Physics," Daniel V. Schroeder.

**Offical Syllabus**:
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This essential module for physics major is intended for students who wish to acquire a deep understanding of systems of many particles. It considers the fundamentals of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics and is a prerequisite to advanced statistical mechanics. It covers topics such as: the laws of thermodynamics, thermodynamic functions, ideal gases, heat engines; microcanonical ensemble, canonical ensemble, Boltzmann distribution and partition function; introduction to quantum gases.
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**Course Outline**:

Week 1: 15,19 Jan, concept of temperature, ideal gas

Week 2: 22,26 Jan, work and heat, first law, kinetic theory

Week 3: 29 Jan, 2 Feb, second law, entropy (homework 1 due on Tuesday 30th Jan)

Week 4: 5,9 Feb equilibrium, 3rd law (9 Feb Friday 4pm class is cancelled, Chinese new year eve)

Week 5: 16 Feb, mechanical/chemical equilibrium (12 Feb Chinese new year, homework 2 due Tuesday, 13 Feb)

Week 6: 19,23 Feb, heat engines

recess week, no classes

Week 7, 4,8 Mar, enthalpy, free energy (midterm test on 8 Mar Friday, homework 3 due Tuesday, 5 Mar)

Week 8: 11,15 Mar, phase transformations

Week 9: 18,22 Mar, Boltzmann factor (homework 4 due Tuesday, 19 Mar)

Week 10: 25 Mar, canonical distribution (29 Mar is Good Friday holiday)

Week 11: 1,5 Apr, quantum statistics (homework 5 due Tuesday 2 Apr)

Week 12: 8,12 Apr, Fermi gas

Week 13: 15 Apr, Bose particle, blackbody radiation (homework 6 due Tuesday 16 Apr, no class on Friday)

Homework problem sets are on Canvas at Files. Upload homework as PDF on Canvas at Assignments using student ID as file name, e.g., A0212330X-homework-1.pdf

Final exam question paper 2022, 2023,
2024.