Wednesday, 12:05-12:55, in Hall D, in the Arts building,
on this Map of the North
in Callan Hall
on this Map of the South
The first tutorial will be on Wednesday, October
Wednesdays, 14:05-14:55 in Hall H in the Arts building (number 18
on this Map of the
We will roughly cover the module
content posted on the mathematical physics department's webpage.
A more accurate Weekly Schedule will appear
gradually as the course evolves.
We will use the following book:
# Title:An Introduction to Thermal Physics
# Author: Daniel V. Schroeder.
You will need this book so please buy
This comes in hardcover or as a paperback "international edition" (I
have the paperback, but I expect they are identical as far as the
content is concerned):
# Hardcover: 422 pages
# Publisher: Addison Wesley; US ed edition (August 28, 1999)
# ISBN-10: 0201380277
# ISBN-13: 978-0201380279
# Paperback: 422 pages
# Publisher: Pearson Education; 1st International edition edition (2 Sep
# Language English
# ISBN-10: 0321277791
# ISBN-13: 978-0321277794
This book also has its own webpage, maintained by the
author. The bookshop has a number of copies in stock for you, but if they run
out, it also sells online for about 40 euro.
Exam and Continuous Assessment
There will be a one and a half hour written examination.
It counts for 80% of the mark. Continuous
Assessment (that is, hand-in exercises), makes up the remaining 20%.
If the mark for continuous assessment is lower than the exam mark, then
the exam counts for 100%
As with all courses in theoretical physics, you can only really learn the subject
by practising it yourself. (Also, you could substitute "enjoy" for learn in the
sentence and it would still be true). To aid this process, there will be a
number of assignments, about one per two weeks. You can hand in your solutions,
and in that case they will be marked and the results will count for 20% of the
final mark if they are better than the exam result. If the exam mark is better
than the continuous assessment mark, then the exam mark is the final mark (so
please hand in solutions, it can never hurt and it will almost certainly help).
Please make sure your assignments show some cohesion as
well as your name and student number.
I encourage you to work on the homework in small groups; it is important to
learn to communicate about the subject. However, please make sure you do
fully understand the solutions to the problems and please write them up
from scratch, in your own words. For this week's homework, see the
If you have questions, comments or suggestions for the lectures and
the webpage (maybe you don't like green :)), then please send me an
email. I can't promise to make everybody happy,
but I will try.