PHYS 310 Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory

University of Alberta

Fall 2022

Igor Boettcher


  • Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 - 10:50 (2022-09-01 - 2022-12-08)
  • Room CCIS L1-047
  • Office hours: Tuesday 14:00-16:00
  • Course syllabus
  • The course will establish the foundations of thermodynamics from a phenomenological perspective, focusing on central concepts such as temperature, work, heat, energy, and entropy, along relevant examples and applications. This part is followed by an introduction to the elementary kinetic theory of gases that provides a microscopic basis for many of the phenomena observed in thermodynamic systems.
  • Lecture Notes
  • The material covered in the course is standard and can be found in a great number of excellent books. The first part of the lecture will be based on the following timeless reference that is available online through the UAlberta library:
    • Fermi - Thermodynamics