Professor Yoonseok Lee Reviews
Prof: Yoonseok Lee / Spring 2021
Dec 12, 2021
This class is a lot different than most other physics classes. It's not looking at forces and energy and fields to form equations that show some deterministic process. Instead you use statistics to explain what the average likely outcome will be like. This was really hard for me to do for some reason and I struggled with this class even though I usually do pretty good in physics classes.
You'll learn some probability in the beginning and then derive the statistical basis of temperature and the Boltzmann distribution. Then you look at the kinetic theory of gases and derive the ideal gas law. After this you look at the first law of thermodynamics along with isothermal and adiabatic processes. Then you look at the second law of thermodynamics along with Carnot engines. Then you look at thermodynamic potentials and Maxwell's relations. Finally you go over phase transitions.
Professor Lee was pretty average, nothing much really comes to mind about him. However, I did think his exams were quite hard to finish in time. I remember always struggling to get everything done on time.
To do well in this class make sure you understand isothermal and adiabatic processes, Maxwell's relations, and Carnot engines very well.