 Solid State Thermodynamics 
Prof. Bill Knowlton, Boise State University
Blackboard Access or ITC Course Syllabus (Spring 2011)* Electronic Course Evaluation Directions
Textbook:
 Required:
 Thermodynamics in Materials Science, Robert T. DeHoff, 2nd Edition (Taylor & Francis – CRC Press, 2006). ISBN: 0849340659
 Highly Recommended:
 Introduction to the Thermodynamics of Materials, David R. Gaskell Purdue University, 4th Edition (Taylor & Francis – CRC Press, 2003). ISBN: 1560329920
 Introduction to the Thermodynamics of Materials, David R. Gaskell Purdue University, 5th Edition (Taylor & Francis – CRC Press, 2008). ISBN: 1591690439
 • Schaum’s Outlines – Mathematica, Eugene Don
Recommended:
 Thermodynamics of Materials – A Classical and Statistical Synthesis, John B. Hudson, 1st Ed. (Wiley, 1996). ISBN: 0471311143X
 Physical Chemistry, Peter Atkins (Lincoln College, Oxford U.) and Julio de Paula (Haverford College), 7th Edition (Bedford, Freeman & Worth, 2002).
 Principles of Physical Chemistry, Lionel M. Raff (OSU), 1st Ed., (Prentice Hall, 2001).
 Physical Chemistry, Robert J. Silbey, Robert A. Alberty and Moungi G. Bawendi (John Wiley & Sons, 2005)
Course Time/Days/Place: 45:50pm; Tues & Thurs; MEC 206
Office Hours: Tuesday: 1011am; Thursday: 910am; Discussion Section: Wed: 10:40 – 11:30am in MEC 106; (or by appointment) – send email (please do not call during office hours).
Final Exam: Date: Tues, May 10; Time: 3:305:30pm; Room: MEC 206
Problem Sets & Assignments:  Problem Set Solutions: 
Assignment on 1/18: (due 1/20)
I. Send me an email to bknowlton@boisestate.edu 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)  “Handson Start to Mathematica–Part 1“:”Handson 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, timesaving tips. 
Extra Credit 2 (Due: same as PS 2) – Mathematica as a Word Processor  “Handson Start to Mathematica–Part 2“: 
Extra Credit 3 (Due: same as PS 3) – Lists, Rules, NSolve & Wordprocessing (Rules & Sys of Eqns Example)  “M10: A Student’s First Course in Mathematica“A selfpaced training tutorial/course providing stepbystep 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 & R^{2} updated 9/06/10)Problem with Importing, so do the EC below:EC6bUsing the “Fitting Data Example” or “Linear & NonLinear Fitting Data & R^{2″}, 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) 
Quizzes: 
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: 3:305:30pm; Room: MEC 206  
Practice Exam  
Group Projects: 
Group Project 1 – Self Evaluation Form – Grade Sheet (Feb. 14th, 2010; 23 pm; MEC 206) 
Group Project 2 – Grade Sheet (April 7th) 
Group Project 3 – Self Evaluation Form – Grade Sheet (April 18th, 2010 – 2:304pm, MEC 206) 
Class Notes: 
Thermo Variables, Equil, Heat & Work* 
General Procedure to Derive State Functions* 
Phase Transitions* 
Calculating DHrxn, DSrxn & DGrxn* 
3Phase 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) 
Bandgap 
Lennard Jones Potential Websites: one, two, three, four 
RichardsonEllingham Diagrams* 
Toolboxes: 
Bill’s Most Recent Formula Sheet [Tool Chest] (May 2011) 
Other Announcements: 
J. Willard Gibbs Birthday: Feb. 11th (18391903) 
Dates I’ll be Gone:1. April 2630, 20102. 