Physics 351    Thermal Physics    Spring 2017

Professor
Weida Wu
Office:         Serin Physics Building West 117W
Email:          wdwu AT physics.rutgers.edu
Telephone:    848-445-8751 (office)

Office hour Wednesday 2-3 PM and by appointment only
Lectures Room: EN-B120 updated
Wednesday 10:20-11:40 AM
Friday 3:20-4:40 PM
Grader Konrad Genser   <kg536@scarletmail.rutgers.edu>

Textbook (required)
textbook TITLE: Introduction to Thermal Physics
by Daniel V. Schroeder
ISBN: 0201-38027-7
ISBN 13: 978-0201-38027-9
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
Publish Date: 1999-08-28
Binding: Hardcover , 422 pages

Web Site Access (required): Follow Physics 351 link in the Physics Department home page. Homework assignments, announcements and notes will be posted here. This link must be visited regularly.

Syllabus (lecture notes homeworks and exams) updated

Homework    due every Wednesday 4 PM in grader's mailbox (unless announced otherwise).

Grading    Based on two midterm exams (25 % each), final exam (30 %), and homework (20 %).
Exam format: Open book but NO homework solutions or PRINTED lecture notes. Handwritten cheat-sheets are allowed.
Homework and exam grades are available on gradebook.

Grade cutoffs (tentative)
A
B+
B
C+
C
D
85
75
70
60
55
40

Exam format: Open book, but NEITHER homework solutions NOR PRINTED lecture notes are allowed.  For midterm, only one handwritten cheat-sheet (letter size, double sided) is allowed.  For final exam, three handwritten cheat-sheets are allowed. 

Makeup exam:
You will need a note from the Dean's Office documenting the reason for your absence and requesting Prof. Wu to allow you to take the makeup exam. This policy will be enforced with no exceptions. The Dean's Office has a form to fill out in the case of a conflict with another class or exam.

Academic Integrity  --   Please review the Rutgers Policy on Academic Integrity for Undergraduate and Graduate Students. As this document makes clear, cheating can take many forms, none of which are acceptable. Ultimately, cheating in any form will not work in your favor: you will not learn the material for yourself. This can only have a deleterious effect on your own future performance prospects in other classes and in the world at large. Also, if you have any sort of conscience, you will live with the knowledge that you cheated the rest of your life. Maybe you will feel that you have "beaten the system" but you have only degraded yourself. Don't do it!

Announcement   updated
[Mar. 27, 2017] HW7 solution is posted on syllabus page.
[Mar. 17, 2017]  Solution of practice exam 2 is posted on syllabus page.
[Mar. 11, 2017]  Practice exam 2 is posted on syllabus page.
[Mar. 10, 2017]  Lecture 15 is posted on syllabus page.
[Mar. 08, 2017]  Lecture 14, solution of HW6 and HW7 assignment are posted on syllabus page.
[Mar. 03, 2017]  Lecture 13 is posted on syllabus page.
[Mar. 01, 2017]  Lecture 12, solution of HW5 and HW6 assignment are posted on syllabus page.
[Feb. 25, 2017]  Lecture 11 is posted on syllabus page.
[Feb. 22, 2017]  Lecture 10 is posted on syllabus page.
[Feb. 16, 2017]  First midterm grades are available on gradebook. Class average: 55.7, Standard Deviation: 22.8.  Exam solution is posted on syllabus page.
histogram of CH1
[Feb. 16, 2017]  HW4 solution is posted on syllabus page.
[Feb. 12, 2017]  Solution of practice exam 1 is posted on syllabus page. For midterm I, printed textbook and one handwritten cheat-sheet (letter size, double sided) are allowed. You might use a scientific calculator, pen or pencils.
[Feb. 10, 2017]  Solution of HW3, lecture 7&8 are posted on syllabus page.
[Feb. 8, 2017]  Lecture 7 is posted on syllabus page.
[Feb. 6, 2017]  Practice Exam 1 is posted on syllabus page.
[Feb. 3, 2017]  Lecture 6 is posted on syllabus page.
[Feb. 2, 2017]  HW3 are posted on syllabus page.
[Feb. 1, 2017]  Lecture 5 and solution of HW2 are posted on syllabus page. 
[Jan. 27, 2017]  Lecture 4 is posted on syllabus page.
[Jan. 25, 2017]  Lecture 3 and HW1 solution are posted on syllabus page.
 Classroom is changed to EN-B120. EN is the engineering building. When you enter the building, turn right at the blue wall, make the first left, go through two double doors, turn left again, and the room is on  your left.
[Jan. 20, 2017]  Lecture2 is posted.

[Jan. 18, 2017]  Lecture1 is posted.
[Jan. 12, 2017]  First lecture is on Wednesday, Jan. 18.
[Jan. 3, 2017]  Welcome to Physics 351, website is up.

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