Honors 1500, Perspectives in the Physical Sciences

## Daily Assignments, Part 2

**Tuesday, February 13: Coin Flipping and Combinatorics.** Read
Schroeder, An Introduction to Thermal Physics, pages 49-55.
Then read von Baeyer, Maxwell's Demon, Chapter 11.
**Thursday, February 15: Large Numbers and Small Probabilities.**
Read Lightman, pages 61-77.

**Tuesday, February 20: The Second Law.** Read Schroeder, pages 56-59.

**Thursday, February 22: Entropy.** Read Goldstein and Goldstein,
pages 400-406, or any other introduction to the mathematics of
logarithms. Then read von Baeyer, Chapter 13.

**Tuesday, February 27: How Entropy is Related to Temperature.**
Read the modified version of Section 3.1 from Schroeder (handed out
in class).

**Thursday, March 1: Entropy, Information, and Computing.** Read
the modified version of Section 3.2 from Schroeder (handed out in class).
Then read von Baeyer, Chapters 12 ("The Mechanical Demon") and 18
("Four Obituaries for the Demon").

**Tuesday, March 6: Engines.** Read Moore, Six Ideas that Shaped
Physics, Chapter T8, up to page 106.

**Thursday, March 8: Refrigerators and Heat Pumps.** Read the rest
of Moore, Chapter T8.

**Tuesday, March 20: Chemical Reactions and Phase Transformations.**
Read Goldstein and Goldstein, Chapter 11.

*Last modified on 26 February 2001.*