# Blended Course Map: Physics 415: Thermal Physics

This blended course map was created by a participant of the Blend@UW Course Design Series. It represents an example of how activities could be designed for one unit of a course to achieve the course and unit outcomes.

Name: Mark Eriksson **SCID**: College of Letters & Science **Department**: Physics **Course Name**: Physics 415: Thermal Physics**Course Objectives**:

- CO 1 Understand physical principles of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics.
- CO 2 Apply thermodynamics to solve problems with a high-level consideration of energy and entropy.
- CO 3 Apply statistical mechanics to make predictions based on a microscopic understanding of a physical system.
- CO 4 Appreciate the breadth of applicability of thermodynamic and statistical approaches to the physical world.
- CO 5 Develop an improved understanding of students' internal metrics for confidence in physical and mathematical predictions of the physical world.

**Course Units**:

- CU 1 Statistical distributions: describing outcomes probabilistically
- CU 2 Ensembles, differentials, and foundations of thermodynamics
- CU 3 A statistical approach: defining and using temperature
- CU 4 Work and heat: flow, storage, and use of energy
- CU 5 Thermodynamic calculus: Maxwell’s relations
- CU 6 Boltzmann factor: a statistical tool for physics
- CU 7 Partition function: normalization and more
- CU 8 Kinetic theory: learning a lot from particle motion you cannot track
- CU 9 Transport processes
- CU 10 Phase equilibrium and phase transformations
- CU 11 Quantum statistics
- CU 12 Bose and Fermi gases
- CU 13 Solids and lattice vibrations
- CU 14 Magnetism in matter: ferromagnetism, paramagnetism, diamagnetism

**Unit Objectives**:

- UO 1 Calculate a partition function given a Hamiltonian.
- UO 2 Calculate expected values, like energy, using the partition function as a normalization constant.
- UO 3 Calculate expected values directly by differentiating a partition function.
- UO 4 Demonstrate utility by explaining when to use a partition function.
- UO 5 Use generalized forces to predict physical parameters.

## Activity One

**Activity**: **Description**: Key definitions**Modality**: Online+book **Activity Sequence**: Pre-class **Objectives Supported**: U7: 1,2,3 **Horton Type**: Absorb **Bloom's Level**: Knowledge **Evidence**: Quiz after reading **Time on Task**: 20 min **Required Knowledge**: **Pedagogical Role**: Good quiz design

## Activity Two

**Activity**: **Description**: Calculate Z for a 2-state system**Modality**: Board **Activity Sequence**: In-class **Objectives Supported**: U7: 1 **Horton Type**: Absorb **Bloom's Level**: Understand **Evidence**: Interaction **Time on Task**: 10 min **Required Knowledge**: Definitions **Pedagogical Role**: Ensure clarity on core concepts

## Activity Three

**Activity**: **Description**: Calculate Z for SHO**Modality**: Group work **Activity Sequence**: In-class **Objectives Supported**: U7: 1 **Horton Type**: Do **Bloom's Level**: Apply **Evidence**: Worksheet results **Time on Task**: 10 minutes**Required Knowledge**: Z = sum over states **Pedagogical Role**: Ensure engagement **Social Role**: Ensure discussion occurs.

## Activity Four

**Activity**: **Description**: Calculate expected value using normalization**Modality**: Board **Activity Sequence**: In-class **Objectives Supported**: U7: 2 Horton Type: Absorb **Bloom's Level**: Understand**Evidence**: Interaction **Time on Task**: 5 min **Required Knowledge**: P = BF / Z **Pedagogical Role**: Ensure clarity on core concepts

## Activity Five

**Activity**: **Description**: Students decide how many terms they need**Modality**: Group work + board **Activity Sequence**: In-class **Objectives Supported**: U7: 2 **Horton Type**: Connect **Bloom's Level**: Analyze **Evidence**: Discussion **Time on Task**: 10 min **Required Knowledge**: Series convergence **Pedagogical Role**: Check understanding through students' analysis.