Course Syllabus

Thermodynamics Spring 2001

CLASS TIME & PLACE: M,W, & F  Period 8 (3:00– 3:50 PM) in NPB#1002 (18D6) and ZOOM (18D7).   All Friday classes will be through ZOOM without F2F.

Instructor: Yoonseok Lee

Office: NPB #2233


Office Hours:
M & W 9th P.  But feel free to arrange a ZOOM meeting by email. 

TEXTBOOK:  Concepts in Thermal Physics 2nd ed. by S.J. Blundell and K.M. Blundell.

REFERENCES:  Thermal Physics 2nd ed. by C.B.P. Finn

                             Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics by F. Reif

COREQUISITES:  PHY 2049 or the equivalent. A course in differential equations is highly recommended. Cal III will be used expensively in the second half of this course

DESCRIPTION: The course aims to nourish conceptual understanding of thermodynamic principles and to apply them to real physical systems. It covers the fundamental thermodynamic principles (4 laws of thermodynamics) and phase transitions, and transport phenomena.

EXPECTATION:  It is expected that students are comfortable with calculus I and II: vector calculus,  differentiation, integration, and trigonometry. Students should also be able to solve ordinary differential equations and be gaining knowledge on geometry of space, multi-variable 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 6 - 8 hours per week of full attention on this course (outside pf the classes) would be required. 


1. Every student must be "cleared" to attend the f2f class.

2. Everybody attending the f2f class should  wear a mask.  If the student declines to wear a mask,  the instructor will ask the student to leave.  It is within the instructor's discretion to adjourn the class for the day on health grounds. 

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


Homework     HW problems will be assigned but will not be graded.  HW solutions will be distributed through e-mail on a regular base.   There will be ZOOM problem-solving sessions planned outside the regular class hours (see the course schedule).  Selected HW problems will be tested in the exams. 

Problem Solving Sessions   There will be multiple sessions in the evening of Wed. The session will be through ZOOM and its recording will be made available.

Final Project  There will be one Final Project. Students will submit a report based on a paper from the pool of assigned papers.  After critically reading a selected paper from a pool of suggested papers, each student will submit a report on the topic.  The report may include additional references. The length of paper should be less than 6 pages, roughly less than 1500 words (double spacing, 11 pt font).  The paper should be uploaded in PDF on CANVAS.

Quizzes   Four quizzes will be given during Friday ZOOM classes between the exams. Each quiz will ask multiple choice questions on fundamental facts or concepts discussed in the previous classes. 

Exams    There will be total 5 exams including the final exam.  The final exam is a comprehensive test including the materials covered by Exams 1 - 4  (excluding special topics).  All exams and quizzes are open textbook, lecture notes, HW solutions. No communications with anybody other than the instructor are allowed during the exam and quiz.  All exams will be conducted through ZOOM on Friday (tentative). Please check the Course Calendar for the exam time and date.

Policy on missed Exam and Make-up exam  Consistent with university policies, only one make-up exam will be provided near the end of the semester.  The make-up exam will be a comprehensive test.

Composition of Grade (Total 100)


14 each (total 56)


2.5 each (total 10)

Final Project

9 each (total 9)

Final Exam

25 each (total 25)

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 >=80 >= 75 >= 70 >= 65 >= 60 >= 55 >= 50  


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 semester. Contact 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 provide professional and respectful feedback on the quality of instruction in this course by completing course evaluations online via GatorEvals. Guidance on how to give feedback in a professional and respectful manner is available at Students will be notified when the evaluation period opens, and can complete evaluations through the email they receive from GatorEvals, in their Canvas course menu under GatorEvals, or via Summaries of course evaluation results are available to students at

STUDENT PRIVACY: Our class sessions may be audio visually recorded for students in the class to refer back and for enrolled students who are unable to attend live. Students who participate with their camera engaged or utilize a profile image are agreeing to have their video or image recorded.  If you are unwilling to consent to have your profile or video image recorded, be sure to keep your camera off and do not use a profile image. Likewise, students who un-mute during class and participate orally are agreeing to have their voices recorded.  If you are not willing to consent to have your voice recorded during class, you will need to keep your mute button activated and communicate exclusively using the "chat" feature, which allows students to type questions and comments live. The chat will not be recorded or shared. As in all courses, unauthorized recording and unauthorized sharing of recorded materials is prohibited.