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Thermal Physics I - Fall 2018

CLASS TIME & PLACE: M,W,F  Period 10 (5:10– 6:00 PM) in NPB #1002

Instructor: Yoonseok Lee

Office: NPB #2233

Email: ysl@ufl.edu

Office Hours:
M 3rd P, W 7th P, T&R 4th P. But feel free to knock on my door when you need to see me. 

TEXTBOOK: Finn's Thermal Physics by Andrew Rex (CRC Press)

REFRENCES:  Concepts in Thermal Physics by S.J. Blundell and K.M. Blundell (Oxford)


CoREQUISITES: PHY 2049 or equivalent 

This course aims to nourish conceptual understanding of thermodynamic principles and apply them to real physical systems.  It covers the fundamental thermodynamic laws, thermal properties of various physical systems, and phase transitions with detailed mathematical treatment.    

It is expected that students are comfortable with calculus I and II. Students should also be able to solve simple ordinary differential equations and be gaining knowledge on geometry of space, multivariable calculus, partial derivatives, line and surface integral.  It is also expected that students read textbook chapters thoroughly at least once preferably before the class and review lecture notes timely.  Students should work on HW problems diligently.  On average 4 - 6 hours per week of full attention on this course (outside pf the classes) would be required.  Read Expectations and Guidlines.

CANVAS: All the material and announcements for this course will be posted on the course's Canvas website.  This includes the syllabus, a course calendar, and HW's.  You can log directly into this course at http://ufl.instructure.com/courses/.

Homework     HW's will be assigned in this course but will not be graded.    Selected HW problems will be tested in the exams. 

In-class Quiz    There will be 6 in-class quizzes.  20 - 25 mins will be given for each quiz. Quiz should be consdiered as a small exam.

Exams      There will be two Midterm Exams (in-class) and one comprehensive Final Exam.  Please check the Course Calenda for the exam time and dates.

Policy on missed Exam or Quiz:
Consistent with university policies that can be found at https://catalog.ufl.edu/ugrad/current/regulations/info/attendance.aspx

Composition of Grade (Total 100)
30 (5 each)
not graded
Mid Term

40 (20 each)


Projected Grading Scale*
Grade A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ E
G. Pt. 4.0 3.67 3.33 3.0 2.67 2.33 2.0 1.67 1.33 0
Score >= 90 >= 85 >=75 >= 70 >= 65 >= 60 >= 55 >= 50 >= 40  

*The passing grade for Physics majors is C and above. The actual grading scale may vary depending on numerous factors within +/- 2.5 points out of 100.

STUDENTS with DISABILITIES: Students who require accommodation for disabilities must first contact the Dean of Students Office. That office will provide documentation, which the student must bring to his/her instructors during the first week of the semesterContact the Disability Resources Center for information about available resources for students with disabilities.

COUNSELING and MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES: Student facing difficulties completing the course or in need of counseling should call the on-campus Counseling and Wellness Center at (352) 392 1575.

ACADEMIC HONESTY: Each student is expected to hold himself/herself to a high standard of academic honesty. Under the UF academic honesty policy, unauthorized assistance or the use of unauthorized resources is strictly forbidden on work-for-credit. Although discussions among the students are highly encouraged, you are to work alone on all homework assignments unless specified differently. Fabrication or falsification of excuses or related documentation is also a violation of the UF academic honesty policy.  Violations of this policy will be dealt with severely. There will be no warnings or exceptions.

ONLINE COURSE EVALUATION: Students are expected to participate in course/instructor evaluations.  These evaluations are conducted online typically during the last 3 weeks of the semester.  Summary results of these assessments are available.