Fall 2021 - PHYS 344 D100

Thermal Physics (3)

Class Number: 4052

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    BLU 10021, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    PHYS 121 or PHYS 126 or PHYS 141; MATH 251; both with a minimum grade of C-.



Heat, temperature, heat transfer, kinetic theory, laws of thermodynamics, entropy, heat engines, applications of thermodynamics to special systems, phase transitions. Quantitative.


Part 1: Ideal gas model - development of concepts:              
           Temperature, equilibrium, heat, work, entropy, energy, chemical potential, laws
Part 2: Broader fundamental theory – applied to real systems:           
           Irreversible processes, engines and refrigerators
Part 3: Gibbs free energy and applications:            
           Chemical thermodynamics, phase transformations

Course delivery
Lectures: Interactive discussions
Tutorials: Problem Discipher Sessions
Tests (4 during the term; dates to be announced): during tutorials
Independent Project - 10 minute talk on current topic
No Final exam


  • Assignments 10%
  • Tutorials 10%
  • Independent Project 20%
  • In-class exams(4) 60%



Required text:
"Basic Thermodynamics" by Gerald Carrington, Oxford Science Publication 1994

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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Registrar Notes:


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