**Grades
have been submitted, and the grading sheet for the final is posted on the
password-protected solutions page. On the final there were 203 points. The
average was 128; the standard deviation was 29. High score was 192; low
score was 74. There were 8 A's (2 A+, 5 A, 1 A-), 13 B's (5 B+, 6 B, 2 B-),
7 C's (1 C+, 3 C, 3 C-), 1 D, and 2 F's. Except for A-/B+, the boundaries
were straightforward; the 5 B+'s were comparable to each other, with no
obvious robust fair way (at least in the time I had available before the
deadline to submit grades) to raise 2 of them to A-, which was the sort
of distribution I had anticipated. This group was ~70 points (in my primary
cumulative total) lower than the middle A's and only ~35 points higher than
middle B's. **

*Best
wishes for the summer and the future!!*

**Solutions
to Assignment 10 are now posted, and your submissions have been graded.
On
Tuesday May 15 there will be a question/review session at 4:00pm in room
1402, the usual classroom (in which the final will also take place on Thursday
May 17 at 1:30pm); send me email about topics to review.
You can pick up your homework at the review session on Tuesday or from me
in my office. It may be hard to find me much of Wednesday, since NSF reps
will be here reviewing the umbrella grant that supports most of my research.
While
the final is cumulative, over half the problems will come from material
since the second midterm, namely chapters 6 and 7 of the text. You may bring
to (and use during) the final exam a sheet of paper on which you may write
whatever you like on one side. You must prepare this sheet yourself (and
not just photocopy a classmate's). Solutions to Homework Assignment 9 are
now posted.The
first version of the study guide for the final exam is now posted. Homework
Assignment 10 is now posted; the deadline is the last day of class, May
10, but solutions will not posted till Friday afternoon, so you can turn
in this problem set (by slipping it under the door of my office [room 2310]
or putting it in my mail slot in room 2323) until 3pm Friday May 11 without
penalty. It will be marked and available to you by midday Monday; come to
my office to pick it up.
The Grading Sheet used to mark the second midterm is now posted on the protected
solutions page. Out of 136 possible point, the average was 94.7, standard
deviation 23.4, high score 128, low score 45. Remember that the course is
graded on a curve. Note that the course cumulative score is obtained by
adding up, with the advertized weighting factors, the numbers from all the
components, so not doing homework not only damages the learning process
but also lowers the final weighted total considerably, since a 0 is much
lower than a mediocre score.**

*Last updated: May 21, 2007*

** PHYS
404, INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICAL THERMODYNAMICS **

Instructor:
Prof. Theodore L. Einstein

Room: 2310 Physics

Phone: 301-405-6147

Email: einstein *at* umd.edu

Class:
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:30 - 1:50 p.m.

Room
1402, John
S. Toll Physics Bldg.

Teaching Assistant: Yigit Subasi

Room:
3101 Physics

Phone: 301-405-6194

Email:
ysubasi *at* umd.edu

- Syllabus
- Relevant Web Sites
- Homework Assignments
- Homework Solutions, etc. Password Protected Site
- Study Guides: First Midterm Second Midterm Final Exam (v.1.1)
- Formula sheets from NCSU-Phys413

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