Course Syllabus

Thermodynamics Spring 2001

CLASS TIME & PLACE: M,W, & F  Period 7 (1:55 – 2:45 PM) in NPB#1002  

Instructor: Yoonseok Lee

Office: NPB #2233


Office Hours:
T & Th 7th P.  But feel free to come to my office whenever you have questions. 

TA: Shubham Sinha ( in NPB B#53)

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

REFERENCES:  Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics by F. Reif

PREREQUISITES:  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 and phase transitions, and transport phenomena.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLO's)  The laws of physics are the starting point for most scientific research and engineering applications. Students majoring in physics obtain broad-based knowledge and expertise applying these laws, as well as hands-on experience building electronic equipment and performing experiments, allowing them to pursue a wide range of educational and employment opportunities after graduation.  In this course students will have a solid foundation on:

  • fundamental laws of thermodynamics and their applications to various thermodynamic systems in thermal equilibrium
  • concept and diverse applications of entropy
  • interrelations between various thermodynamic quantities
  • nature of phase transitions

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 4 hours per week of full attention on this course (outside of the classes) would be required. 

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

COURSE SCHEDULE:  The weekly course schedule can be found in the Course Calendar.


Homework     Six or seven HW sets will be assigned.  HW' should be submitted online in a single PDF file.  HW solutions will be distributed through e-mail right after the due date.   The HW will compose 10% of the total score.  There will be ZOOM HW help sessions run by the TA  outside the regular class hours.  Selected HW problems will be graded and tested in the exams. 

Quizzes   Four quizzes will be given during Wed 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 3 exams including the final exam.  The final exam is a comprehensive test.  Please check the Course Calendar for the exam time and date.

ALC   In the last week of the semester, the Academic Learning Compact test will be given.  This test carries 5 points to the final score.

Attendance  I strongly encourage students to attend lectures regularly.   Attendance will be checked randomly and will be reflected to the final grade. 

Policy on missed exam and make-up exam   Consistent with university policies, make-up exams will be arranged. It is student's responsibility to contact the instructor immediately after missing the exam.  

Composition of Grade (Total 100)


10 (each HW carries a different point)


15 each (total 30)


5 each (total 20)


5 (5 for >=80%; 4 for >=70%; 3 for >= 60%; 2 >= 50%; 0 for < 50%)

Final Exam

30 each (total 30)


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 >= 55 >= 50 >= 45  < 45

A minimum grade of C is required for general education credit.

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.