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Fall 2014 Classes & Info
  PHYS 111
  PHYS 330
  My daily schedule
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Dr. Rhett Herman
rherman@radford.edu
Professor of Physics and Adjunct Professor of Geology
Director, Radford University Planetarium

Office: 135 Curie Hall
(540) 831-5441 (office phone)
(540) 831-5652 (department)
(540) 831-5732 (fax)
Department of Physics
PO Box 6983
Radford University
Radford, Virginia 24142

PHYS 330 class information
  • The PHYS 330 class information sheet I handed out the first day of class.
  • The example Mathematica notebook that I'll update as we go through the semester. Be sure to right-click and "save link as" this file--don't just click on this link and try to open it directly from the web
  • The textbook for this class is "An Introduction to Thermal Physics" by Daniel V. Schroeder. There is also a corrections page which keeps track of small things that could throw off the reader. If things seem out of whack as you're reading the book then be sure to check this page to see if it's real or not.
  • Links relevant to this class:
    • The NIST Chemistry webbook which includes a lot of thermodynamic data (enthalpies of formation, heat capacities, entropy values, etc.) that you will be expected to look up here.
    • WebElements.com which has a lot of physical information about individual elements.

Homework
  • homework #1. Due Friday August 29 by 5:30pm (yes, it's really short, but it will get you started on the right track)
  • homework #2. Due Friday, September 5 by 5:30pm
  • homework #3. Do not turn these in since there is a test next week. I will post my solutions so that you can check your work.
  • homework #4. Due Friday, September 19 by 5:30pm
  • homework #5. Due Friday, September 26 by 5:30pm
  • homework #6. Do not turn these in since there is a test next week. I will post my solutions so that you can check your work.
  • homework #7. Due Friday, October 10 by 5:30pm
  • homework #8. Due Friday, October 17 by 5:30pm
  • homework #9. Do not turn these in since there is a test next week. I will post my solutions so that you can check your work.
  • homework #10. Due Friday, October 31 by 5:30pm
  • homework #11. Due Friday, November 7 by 5:30pm
    • Simple Mathematica notebook that plots multiple functions and takes a derivative. Right-click and download this onto your computer--don't double-click this.
  • homework #12. Do not turn this in since there is a test next week. I will post my solutions so that you can check your work.
  • homework #13. Due Friday, November 21 by 5:30pm
  • homework #14. Due Friday, December 5, by 5:30pm. Note that I will grade only a couple of these chosen at random. This will give you homework credit, and let me return these to you the next day (so you can have them for finals).