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Phys 224, Spring 2003:
Thermal Physics  

(Physics A-Wing, Room 110, MWF 10:30)

Liquids and Gases and Heat!

Professor: Matt Strassler
Office: Physics B403 (fourth floor, east end)
Office Phone: 206-616-9649
Office Hours: Monday 1:30-4:00 or by appointment

My main website is



Reminder: the final exam is Monday morning June 9th 8:30 am (ugh!)

Review session Sunday 12:30-2:00 at the physics department, room B109.  (Go to the plaza outside the physics department, but instead of turning toward wing A, where we have class, go to wing B, which is the one which does not have the tower on it.  The door nearest the peanut-shaped sculpture is next to room B109, and the room is just to the left of the door.  The door might be locked, but if you knock on the window of the room, we'll let you in.

The final will be closed book, closed notes, but you may fill both sides of a 3" x 5" index
card with whatever information you find useful.
 Also, as at the midterm, a formula sheet with all the important formulas will be provided... it will include the formula sheet from the midterm and a somewhat abridged form of the handout below, plus a few more formulas.


Handout  on thermodynamic processes available as a pdf file; please alert me to any errors.


Midterm solutions are available as a pdf file; please alert me to any errors.


Homework Solutions for homeworks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 , 8 are ready!  (Presently readable as a Word document. There have been some problems with certain fonts not functioning right, turning fractions into other numbers or symbols.  If you notice any such problems, please email me.)


 (In-class review April 30th, provided by Prof. David Cobden, who taught the same course last quarter.  He will also supervise the midterm.)

The midterm will be closed book, closed notes, but a formula sheet with all the important formulas will be provided.  (Having the formulas won't help you use them, of course.  You do need to understand what they mean, and where they are applicable.)  I will show you the formula sheet briefly in class next week, but will not hand it out, since I think having it in hand reduces the amount of studying that students do, and this is bad for your learning process.  (Remember that we give tests not to evaluate you so much as to force you to review --- and all the studies show that its the second or third time you look at something that you really learn it.  Think of a midterm as an opportunity!)

Here is a copy of the email I sent regarding the midterm.



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