Thermodynamics

5 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 1FA517

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Code
1FA517
Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Physics G1F
Grading system
Pass with distinction, Pass with credit, Pass, Fail
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 17 February 2011
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.

Content

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.

Instruction

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

Assessment

Written exam, project report and the oral presentation.

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