5 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 1FA517

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
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)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 13 February 2019
Responsible department
Department of Physics and Astronomy

General provisions

Knowledge on partial derivatives is needed, equivalent Geometry and analysis II that may be taken at the same time.

Entry requirements

Geometry and calculus I, Mechanics KF or Mechanics II.

Learning outcomes

On completing the course the student should be able to

  • describe and apply the physical concepts work, heat, inner energy, temperature, thermodynamic observables and entropy, .
  • describe thermodynamic systems and states and apply the laws of thermodynamics,
  • use experimental methods to investigate thermodynamic relations and present the results,
  • do calculations on phase transitions,
  • analyse heat processes theoretically and determine their degree of efficiency,
  • perform calculations on heat conduction and heat radiation in various geometries.


Thermodynamic variables and equations of state. Basics concepts like heat, temperature, inner energy and enthalpy. Classical kinetic theory of gases, temperature, velocity and Maxwell's velocity distribution. The ideal gas law and other simple equations of state for gases and other physical systems. The laws of thermodynamics. Macroscopic definition of and Boltzmann's equation for entropy. Thermodynamics potentials. Maxwell's and other thermodynamic relations. Phase transitions.

Heat processes with technical applications such as heat engines and heat pumps.

Heat conduction in different geometries. Radiation including the usage of Stefan-Boltzmann and Wien laws.


Lectures, tutoring, experimental projects in the laboratory. Laboratory exercises in project form.


Written exam (3 credits). . Laboratory exercises with an oral presentation during a seminar (2 credits). Oral examination for higher grades.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.