TFY4165 - Thermal Physics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Approved report 10/100 ALLE
Written examination 90/100 C

Course content

First and Second law of thermodynamics. Equations of state, reversible and irreversible processes, entropy, thermodynamic potentials. Maxwell's velocity distribution, mean free path, heat conduction, diffusion. Boltzmann distribution.

Learning outcome

By a theoretical and experimental approach this course will give the student a basic understanding of how systems in thermal equilibrium can be described by thermodynamics. This means to understand how the first and second law of thermodynamics lead to the quantity entropy and give relations between quantities of thermodynamics. Further the principles of heat engines and refrigerators, mixtures, energy transport by heat conduction, and diffusion of particles in a medium will be given. The student will learn to analyse various types of problems within thermal physics by use of mathematical methods including the use of ICT-based/numerical methods through the use of Python.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and compulsory laboratory excercises and problem solving. A compulsory lab report counts 10% of the final grade.

Compulsory assignments

  • Calculation exercises
  • Laboratory exercises

Further on evaluation

The final grade is based on portfolio assessment. The portfolio includes written exam and report. The evaluation of the different parts is given in %-points, while the entire portfolio is given a letter grade. For a re-take of an examination, all assessments in the portfolio must be re-taken.

The re-sit examination (in August) may be changed from written to oral.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

P. C. Hemmer, Termisk fysikk, Tapir Akademisk Forlag, 2. utgave 2002.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
FY1005 7.5 2007-09-01
SIF4016 7.5


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Approved report 10/100 ALLE
Autumn ORD Written examination 90/100 C 2017-12-11 09:00
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
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