Instructor : Dr Abdul Hameed Nayyar
Term : Spring 2012
Level : Undergraduate
Course Code : PHY 202
Course Status : SSE Core
Course Outline

Course Description

This introductory course is meant for multidisciplinary students in the School of Science and Engineering. It deals with equilibrium properties of macroscopic systems. It gives a macroscopic view of the phenomena of energy transfer encountered in physics, chemistry, biology, etc. , in the form of fundamental laws governing such a transfer, and the application of the laws. The course will base the teaching of the fundamental principles on thermal phenomena encountered in daily experience.


Week Lectures Tentative Topics Recitations HWs Exams
1 1-2 Introduction to thermodynamics, thermodynamics as a macroscopic view of the world. Calorimetry, Gas laws, Equation of state: ideal gas equation and real gas equation, Kinetic theory of gases Recitation 1 HW 1
2 34 Work, First law of thermodynamics and its applications, Heat capacity Recitation 2 HW2
3 56 Engines, working cycle, engine efficiencies, Carnot engine, the second law of thermodynamics Recitation 3
3 Midterm Exam 1
4 78 The second law of thermodynamics and entropy : (a) Reversible and irreversible processes (with examples) (b) Clausius theorem Recitation 4 HW 3
5 910 Entropy and disorder, probability and loss of information, shanon’s entropy, boltzmann H theorem Recitation 5 HW 4
6 1112 Thermodynamic variables (extensive and intensive), fundamental equation, legendre transformation Recitation 6 HW 5
7 1314 Maxwell relations, response functions, Practice questions Recitation 7
7 Midterm Exam 2
8 15 Reviewof response functions, Equilibrium states:(i)Thermal equilibrium (ii) Chemical equilibrium (iii) Mechanical equilibrium
9 Midterm break
10 16 Euler equation, Gibbs-Duhem relation, integrating differential forms of thermodynamic parameters Recitation 8
11 17-18 Cooling techniques : (i) Free expansion (ii) Joule-Thomson effect (Throttling) and Joule-Thomson coefficient (iii) Vapour-compression cycle, the third law of thermodynamics, cooling by adiabatic demagnetization, chemical thermodynamics Recitation 9 HW 6
12 1920 Example of entropy change in chemical reactions : Burning of ethane gas, phases and phase transitions ; stability criteria and its physical consequences, indirect processes (Le Chatelier-Braun principle Recitation 10
12 Midterm Exam 3
13 2122 Ehrenfest classification, the Clausius-Clapeyron equation, examples of the uses of latent heat ; evaporation cooling, heating through condensation. Fractional composition of phases Recitation 11 HW 7
14 2324 Van der Waals equation of state; derivation of critical temperature, pressure and volume. Osmosis, osmotic pressure Recitation 12
15 2526 Elements of statistical thermodynamics, ergodic hypothesis, canonical systems; partition function, examples (i) single harmonic oscillator (ii) spin 1/2 paramagnet. Typology of statistical systems HW 8
17 Final Exam

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