Boise State University
Spring 2011
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Prof. Knowlton
MSE 508:
Solid State Thermodynamics
- Course Syllabus and Objectives -
- You are responsible for understanding what is expected of you as outlined in this syllabus -
Instructor:
Bill Knowlton, 202M MEC, 426-5705 (emergency only),
BKnowlton@boisestate.edu
Classroom, Date and Time:
MEC 206, Tues. & Thurs.; 4-5:50pm
Office Hours:
Tues 10-11am; Thurs. 9-10am (or by appointment) – send e-mail (best not to call)
Discussion Section
: Wed 10:40-11:30am – Rm. TBA
Grader/TA Office Hours
: N/A
Prerequisites:
Math 333 (Differential Equations), MSE 308 (Thermodynamics of Materials) or Chem. 322 (P-Chem
Thermo) or ENGR 320 (Thermodynamics I) or Physics 432 (Thermal Physics)
or with permission of
instructor.
Course Website:
http://coen.boisestate.edu/BKnowlton/
then click on "Courses"
Text Book:
Required:
Thermodynamics in Materials Science
, Robert T. DeHoff, 2
nd
Edition (Taylor & Francis,
2006).
Highly Recommended:
Introduction to the Thermodynamics of Materials
, David R. Gaskell, 4
th
ED. (Taylor &
Francis, 2003) ISBN: 1-56032-992-0. I have copies in my office available for check-out for
1 day intervals.
Schaum's Outlines - Mathematica
, Eugene Don
Course Website Notes
– please download and bring to class
Final Exam:
Date
:
Tues, May 10
;
Time
: 3:30-5:30pm;
Room
:
to be determined
Problem Sets
(30%): 12-16 problem sets (NOTE: highest percentage of grade comes from the Prob. Sets!!!)
Problem Set
o
There will be considerable computation involved. MSE majors (undergrad and grad) are expected to use the
mathematical software package, Mathematica, as this program is the mathematical software package of
choice by the Dept. of MS&E. Any program submitted to me must be neat, decipherable, and fully
documented with comments. Computer Labs available to COEN students with Mathematica available
include COEN computer labs ET212, ET238, ET237, ET312, MEC402 and MEC103 (if not please let me
know). In addition, you may use other mathematical software packages such as such as Maple or MatLab or
data analysis software such as Origin or JMP. Many Computer labs have Mathematica, Maple & MatLab.
You cannot use EXCEL unless I specify otherwise.
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To receive full credit, you must:
Turned in problem sets prior
to class on Thursday. Late problem sets are not accepted unless it is due
to an excused absence. Excused absences include family emergency, illness, and university-
approved activities. Each student is responsible for contacting the instructor before
the problem set is
due if and when an absence is unavoidable. Each student is responsible for checking with the
instructor or a classmate when an absence occurs in order to stay on schedule with class
assignments, readings, etc.
Unexcused absences include attending other classes, vacation plans,
work, computer problems, sleep deprivation, Greek activities, etc.
. Only students who have
verification of an illness will be automatically excused. Other excuses for absences will either be