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5/26/05 1:30 AM
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jgibson
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Edited: 26-May-05
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ALright, this is by FAR my weakest area of physics. It has just about owned me. So "deceptively" simple...I don't know how the MEs and ChemEs can take whole courses in it. FAWK!
5/27/05 1:00 PM
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Edited: 27-May-05
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Took that fucker last block, went ok i guess but i don't feel like i have any physical understanding from it, hopefully statistical physics will make it better. You doing statistical or classical thermo?
5/27/05 1:34 PM
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Edited: 27-May-05
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Classical with a little taste of statistical.
5/27/05 9:30 PM
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Edited: 27-May-05 09:33 PM
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i took it last semester and it was incredibly boring to me, i skipped pretty much all of the lectures, i was able to score 70's and 80's on the tests and assignments anyway, up until the chapter on the properties of mixtures of steams, i just did not have enough time during the test to teach myself from the book, lol... doesn't matter that was only college, in 2 years i'll have the university version of thermodynamics, but i won't be able to get away with skipping the lectures, lol
5/28/05 8:47 AM
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Edited: 28-May-05
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Callen's gives a great understanding of thermo. Starts from a few postulates, then uses Legendre tarnsforms and basic math to derive the rest. Most undergrad thermo books suck ass. That's part of the reason why it's so hard.
7/27/05 11:25 PM
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Edited: 27-Jul-05
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What level are you studying it at? I've just done the undergrad from Kittel/Kromer, pretty nice book. It "seemed" to make sense.. PVJ
7/28/05 1:49 PM
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Edited: 28-Jul-05
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It was an undergrad Thermo for Engineers class. I got a B in it, so I guess I did alright.
8/2/05 8:47 AM
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Edited: 02-Aug-05
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Did the same book limp, but we hadn't had any quantum mechanics yet, so i had a hard time reading it, lots of talk of spin etc o_O
8/3/05 1:11 PM
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Edited: 03-Aug-05
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Hey are you guys undergrads? I just got done in may 05 with my physics/math b.s. now i'm at uiuc doing condensed matter phd, started this summer. and man, the qualifier is going to be fatal. i wish i had studied everything in undergrad w the goal of understanding beyong the mere concepts and formula, problem solving etc. now for the qual, everything has to be understood incredibly well and i need the "mathematical expertise expected of a graduate students." study hard if you've got time.. PVJ

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