__Subject
Matter and Course Text__

The subject matter of Physics 140A-B is thermodynamics and statistical physics.
During the Fall quarter (140A) we will cover: (i) thermodynamics, (ii) probability,
(iii) statistical ensembles, and (iv) quantum statistics. During the Winter
quarter (140B) you will probably cover: (v) interacting systems, (vi) mean field theory, and
(vii) kinetics. Professor Michael Fogler will be teaching 140B during W13.

The course text
is Sethna's "Entropy, Order Parameters, and Complexity". This is a recent text with a modern slant. I will mainly be following my own lecture notes. My notes are on a fairly high level; indeed I use them for 140AB as well as for the graduate statistical physics course 210A. However, (i) what is covered in one quarter in 210A is spread over two quarters in 140AB, and (ii) we will skip some of the harder material anyway.

At the beginning of each chapter of my notes, I list some recommended texts. I am placing the following texts on reserve in the Science and Engineering Library:

1.
F. Reif, "Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics" (Waveland Press, 2008)

2. E. Fermi, "Thermodynamics" (Dover, 1956)

3. D. V. Schroeder, "An Introduction to Thermal Physics" (Addison-Wesley, 2000)

4. A. H. Carter, "Classical and Statistical Thermodynamics" (Prentice-Hall,
2001)

5. H. Callen, "Thermodynamics and an Introduction to Thermostatistics"
(Wiley, 1985)

6. R. Pathria, "Statistical Mechanics" (2nd ed., Butterworth-Heinemann, 1996)

For thermodynamics, I strongly recommend the little book
by Fermi as well as the volume by Schroeder. The text by Reif has long been a standard at this level, but it is quite dated in its selection of topics.

** Course
Web Site**Lecture
notes and reading assignments, important announcements, homework assignments
and solutions will all be available through the course web site. Please check
it each day to see if there is new material. The notes themselves are complete, but I may make some editorial changes or additions as we go along. I will indicate on the lecture notes
page the date, time, and size (in pages) of the most recent upload for each
chapter.

On the course home page, I have included a number of links to potentially useful websites. On the homework page, you can access problems and solutions from previous 140AB and 210A classes I have taught. This is a superb resource!

__Problem Sets__

I will try to assign one problem set per week, due at the beginning of the following Friday's
class. Problem sets will not be printed out for you, but rather will be available
through the course website. *You are encouraged to discuss the problem sets
with your fellow students*. I suggest that you initially try to do the problems
by yourselves, so that you can more accurately identify your confusions and
honestly assess your weaknesses. Then, before you write up your assignment,
get together with some of your fellow students to talk over the problems and
hammer out the details. Solutions to problem sets will be posted on the course website. Hopefully the solutions and your graded assignments will be made available in a timely manner, but invariably there are lags from time to time.

__Late Homework__

If you turn in an assignment late, you must arrange with the TA to hand it in. Late homework will be docked up to 50% credit.

__TA, Office Hours, Problem Sessions__

My office hours will be Thursdays from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. My office is in 5438 Mayer Hall.The TA for this class is Paul Rozdeba. Paul will hold office hours Thursdays from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in Mayer Hall 4430.
We will also conduct a weekly
problem session during which the class will break up into small groups for prolem
solving. The problem session is scheduled for Wednesday evenings, from 6:00
pm until 7:50 pm in Warren Lecture Hall 2204.

__Grading and exams__

The magic formula: 35% problem sets, 15% midterm exam, 50%
comprehensive final. The midterm is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 26. Those who are curious of my general grading inclinations can look here.

__Discussion Board__

The course home page contains a link to the Physics
Department discussion boards. You must register in order to be able to post.
This is a place where you can publicly discuss the course, ask questions of
the professor, exchange tips about homework, tell jokes, pose riddles, post
links to interesting web sites, etc. Just keep it clean, folks. The TA and I will be checking
in regularly.

__Academic Holidays__

There will be no class on Monday, November 12 (Veterans Day). The week of the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no problem session on Thursday evening Nov. 22, no office hours on Nov. 22, and no class on Nov. 23.