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MSE 608

– Solid State Thermodynamics –

Professor Bill Knowlton, Boise State University

Blackboard Access or ITC                         Course Syllabus (Spring 2011)*           Electronic Course Evaluation Directions


Course Time/Days/Place: 4-5:50pm; Tues; Thurs; MEC 206

Office Hours: Tuesday: 10-11am; Thursday: 9-10am;  Discussion Section: Wed: 10:40 – 11:30am in MEC 106; (or by appointment) – send e-mail (please do not call during office hours).

Final Exam: Date: Tues, May 10;  Time: 3:30-5:30pm; Room: MEC 206

Problem Sets & Assignments: Problem Set Solutions:
Assignment on 1/18: (due 1/20)
I. Send me an email to using your preferred email address stating: 1) whether or not you would be willing to share your email address with other class members so that: a) I can send out class wide emails for problem set clarifications & other course information; and b) you and your classmates can email each other for questions or clarifications on lectures, class notes, problem sets or course subject matter. 2) Let me know if want pdf versions of Mathematica Ch. 0 & 1 & Dr. Frary’s Mathematica Tutorial.
II: Below, under the headings “Class Notes” &  “Toolboxes”, print out all the notes, place in a binder, and bring to class Thursday (& each class there after).
Problem Set 1 * (Due Thurs 1/27) Problem Set 1 Solutions*
Problem Set 2* (Due Thurs 2/3) Problem Set 2 Solutions*
Problem Set 3* (Due Thurs 2/10) Problem Set 3 Solutions*
Problem Set 4* (Due Thurs 2/17) Problem Set 4 Solutions*
Problem Set 5* (Due Thurs) Problem Set 5 Solutions*
Problem Set 6* (Due Thurs) Problem Set 6 Solutions*
Problem Set 7* (Due Thurs) Problem Set 7 Solutions*
Problem Set 8* (Due Thurs) Problem Set 8 Solutions*
Problem Set 9* (Due Thurs) Problem Set 9 Solutions*
Problem Set 10* (Due Thurs) Problem Set 10 Solutions*
Problem Set 11* (Due Thurs)  
Problem Set 12* (Due Thurs)  
Problem Set 13*(Due Thurs)  
Extra Credit Assignments: (note: You can turn the assignments in early) Math Program Links & Examples
Extra Credit 1(Due: same as PS 1) – Tutorial and Review (stop by my office for handout)Extra Credit for Advanced Mathematica Users (if you’ve done the EC’s below in another class) (Due: same time as Prob. Sets) “Hands-on Start to Mathematica–Part 1“:”Hands-on Start to Mathematica” is an online series of free training tutorials/videos that introduce key features of Mathematica. The first screencast in the series can get your students using Mathematica (and more importantly, really understanding it) within 20 minutes. Part 2 expands upon many of the concepts introduced in Part 1 and provides a lot of helpful, time-saving tips.
Extra Credit 2 (Due: same as PS 2) – Mathematica as a Word Processor “Hands-on Start to Mathematica–Part 2“:
Extra Credit 3 (Due: same as PS 3) – Lists, Rules, NSolve & Word processing (Rules & Sys of Eqns Example) M10: A Student’s First Course in Mathematica“A self-paced training tutorial/course providing step-by-step instructions on the basic features of Mathematica for students. Through the included videos and practice exercises, students will learn how to navigate the user interface, build calculations, create graphics and dynamic models, work with data, and more.
Extra Credit 4 (Due: same as PS 4) –  Plotting Multiple Variables & Suppressing Plots – Table, Range, Evaluate Bill’s Mathematica Help Page for Beginners (provides links similar to below)
Extra Credit 5 (Due: same as PS 5) – Fitting Imported Data (Data 2, Data 3); (Fitting Data Example – updated 4/22/07; Linear & NonLinear Fitting Data & R2– updated 9/06/10)Problem with Importing, so do the EC below:EC6b-Using the “Fitting Data Example” or “Linear & NonLinear Fitting Data & R2″, create your own data sets (two data sets) and provide a description of how to fit the data sets and use their resulting fitting equation in an example. You can use your previous homeworks where you needed to fit data as examples. If you do so, please change the example a bit. Compares Mathematica, Maple, Matlab: Brief Description; Compare Commands; Syntax Differences
Extra Credit 6 (Due: same as PS 6) – Operators & Complex Conjugates (Example: pdf file) Mathematica: Information Center; Math Groups & Forums; Student Forum
Extra Credit 7 (Due: same as PS 7) – Matrix & Linear Algebra Beginner’s Guide to Mathematica & Maple
Extra Credit 8 (Due: same as PS 8) – Solving Differential Equations Using DSolve & NDSolve Mathematica Q.M. Examples
Extra Credit 9 (Due: same as PS 9) – Arrows, Text, Legends, Vertical and Horizontal Lines. Mathematica Plotting Demo 1*
Extra Credit 10 (Due: same as PS 10) – Solving Linear equations and plotting the answers Mathematica Online Seminars
Extra Credit 11 (Due: same as PS 10) – Special Functions  
Extra Credit for Advanced Mathematica Users (if you’ve done the EC’s above) (Due: same time as Prob. Sets)  


 Midterm & Final Exams:
Quiz Learning Objectives 1 Midterm Exam: Week 8:  3/10/11
Quiz Learning Objectives 3 Practice Exam 1
  Practice Exam 2
  Final Exam: Date: Tues, May 10;  Time: 3:30-5:30pm; Room: MEC 206
  Practice Exam

Group Projects:

Group Project 1Self Evaluation FormGrade Sheet – Group Project 1 (Feb. 14th, 2010; 2-3 pm; MEC 206)
Group Project 2Grade Sheet – Group Project 2 (April 7th)
Group Project 3Self Evaluation FormGrade Sheet – Group Project 3 (April 18th, 2010 – 2:30-4pm, MEC 206)

Class Notes:

Thermo Variables, Equil, Heat & Work*
General Procedure to Derive State Functions*
Phase Transitions*
Calculating DHrxn, DSrxn & DGrxn*
3-Phase Reactions, Line Phases & Retrograde Solubility*
Phase Diagrams – Bills Vertex Method*
General Phase Diagram Notes*
Phase, Gibbs Free Energy & Activity Diagrams* (see Gaskell, fig. 10.8)
Lennard Jones Potential Websites: one, two, three, four
Richardson-Ellingham Diagrams*


Bill’s Most Recent Formula Sheet [Tool Chest] (May 2011)

Other Announcements:

J. Willard Gibbs Birthday: Feb. 11th (1839-1903)
Dates I’ll be Gone:1. April 26-30, 20102.
Thermodynamics Data and Related Materials Science and Engineering Links:
NIST Thermodynamic Chemical Data or NIST Standard Reference Data or NIST Species Data by Chemical Formula
Springer Materials Interactive Phase Diagrams
 Polymer Thermodynamics Database:Covering 150 polymers and 140,000 combined datapoints. Read more
13 New Landolt Bornstein Volumes in 2013
Journal of Physical and Chemical Reference Data: 1) Reprints, 2) Journal
CRC at BSU’s Albertson’s Library (on campus only)
Thermodynamic Properties of Elements (and other info)
Thermodynamic Properties of Elements (online demo of a program)
Thermodynamic Properties of Elements II
Binary Phase Diagrams of Solder
Binary (SGTE) Alloy Phase Diagrams
Phase Diagrams and Articles offered by
Scientific Group Thermodata Europe
Ellingham Diagram Web Tool
Scandia National Lab – High Temp Thermodynamics Data
Materials Research Society (MRS)
Materials Related Links (courtesy of MRS)
American Physical Society (APS)
Nobel Prize Webpage
Crystallography Interactive Website
Interactive Quantum Mechanics
J. Willard Gibbs’ Thermodynamic Models