Thermal Physics (PY 413)


Physics 413 (Thermal Physics) provides an introduction to thermodynamics and statistical mechanics intended for undergraduate students in physics or engineering.

  1. Lecture:
    MWF 9:10-10:00, rm204
    Instructor: T. Schaefer, Office BOM-210
    email: Thomas_Schaefer[at]
    Office hours: Mo. 1:00-3:00 and by appointment.
  2. Homework:
    Most mondays a set of homework problems will be assigned. (You can also check the website.) The homework is due monday the following week.
  3. Exams
    There will be one midterm exam and a final.
  4. Grade
    Your final grade will be determined by weighting the various portions of the course as follows:
    Midterm: 20%, Final: 40%, Homework: 40%
  5. Textbook
    Daniel V. Schroeder, Thermal Physics (Addison Wesley). Supplemental references: A typical graduate level text is L. D. Landau and E. M. Lifshitz, Statistical Physics.

Please look at the list of HW sets that we have received. Some HW did not have a name on it and was not recorded. Please contact me (thomas_schaefer[at] and the TA (billrobinsonmusic[at] with corrections.

Questions? Send email to thomas_schaefer(at)ncsu_edu