Syllabus for Thermodynamics


A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1FA517
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics G1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2007-03-15
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2011-02-17
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Spring 2012
  • Entry requirements:
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

After a finished course the students should be able to describe and apply:

  • The physical concepts work, heat, inner energy, temperature, observables, entropy and distributions.
  • The empirical laws of thermodynamics.
  • How to calculate macroscopic observables using the technique of thermodynamics and make comparisons with experimental data.
  • How to use the Clausius-Clapeyron equation in calculations on changes of phase.
  • How to analyse heat processes to e.g. calculate the efficiency of heat pumps and engines.
  • How to make calculations on heat conduction and heat radiation in various geometries.


Matter and energy. Thermo metrics. Macroscopic observables. Classical kinetic theory of gases. The ideal gas law and other simple equations of state for gases and other physical systems. The Maxwellian distributions. The laws of thermodynamics. Thermodynamic variables and equations of state. Macroscopic and microscopic definitions of entropy. The thermodynamic potentials and Maxwells relations. Manipulation and integration of partial derivatives to calculate observables using an equation of state. Changes of phase. Heat processes including some technical applications. Heat conduction and radiation including the usage of Stefan-Boltzmann and Wien laws.


Lectures, tutoring, experimental projects in the laboratory. An experimental project in a group of 2-3.


Written exam, project report and the oral presentation.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Spring 2013

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Young, Hugh D.; Freedman, Roger A.; Ford, Albert Lewis Sears and Zemansky's University physics : with modern physics

    12. ed.: San Francisco: Pearson Addison Wesley, cop. 2008

    Find in the library


  • Digitalt kompendium

    Institutionen för fysik och astronomi,


  • Beckman, Olof Energilära : grundläggande termodynamik

    4., [omarb.] uppl.: Stockholm: Liber, 2005

    Find in the library

  • Zemansky, Mark W.; Dittman, Richard H. Heat and thermodynamics : an intermediate textbook

    6. ed.: New York: McGraw-Hill, cop. 1981

    Find in the library

Reading list revisions

Last modified: 2022-04-26