Physics 404


The final exam is marked: average: 112 of 188, standard deviation 36; high score 176, low score 42. Grades have been submitted: 12 A's (1 A+, 8A, 3A-), 20 B's (6B+, 13B, 1B-), 16 C's (2C+, 12C, 2C-), 2 D's, 1 F. The Scoring Sheet for this year's final has been posted on the Solutions page. Have a great summer!

The final from last year (without solutions) has been posted, with the link on this page. Solutions to Homework Assignment # 11 have been posted. Homework Assignment # 11 (2 short problems, 1 regular problem) is now posted, to reinforce ideas of chap. 30. The scoring sheet for Quiz 4 is now posted. Question session on Monday, May 18, 12:30-1:30, Physics Bldg. room 2202.

Last updated: May 21, 2009


Instructor: Prof. Ted Einstein (Homepage)
Room: 2310 [John S. Toll] Physics Bldg. (Ma
ilbox in room 2323)
Phone: 301-405-6147
Email: einstein at

Class: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:30 - 1:50 p.m.
Room 1201, John S. Toll Physics Bldg.

Teaching Assistant: Yigit Subasi
Room: 4207 Physics
Phone: 301-405-6194

Email: ysubasi at

Office hours: see syllabus

Text: Primary: S.G. & K.M. Blundell, Concepts in Thermal Physics (Oxford U. Press, 2006, reprinted 2007 with corrections) [978-0-19-856770-7] in paperback.

List of typos in Blundells' text beyond those reported on their website

Previous tests, from spring 2008:

First midterm (Problems 2, 3, 4, and 7 are relevant for the first midterm this year; 1[a,b], 6a for the second.)

Second midterm (Problems 1, 2, 3, 4 [b,c,f,h], 7[a], and 12 are relevant for the first midterm this year; 4-6,8-13 for the second.)

Final exam (note that, e.g., we did not discuss Einstein A and B coefficients this year)

Table of processes on p-V diagram

Supplementary: Harvey Gould and Jan Tobochnik, Thermal and Statistical Physics, chaps. 1-7, From this link, you can view the chapters one by one; all 7 chapters as a single pdf file and as a cropped version, suitable for 2pps printing if desired. These were downloaded on Feb. 3, 2009. Everything is up-to-date except the list of problems at the end. This is the version we will use this semester.


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