Course - Thermal Physics - TFY4165
TFY4165 - Thermal Physics
The energy concept. Temperature. First and Second law of thermodynamics. Work, heat and internal energy. Equations of state, reversible and irreversible processes, entropy, thermodynamic potentials. Heat engines and refrigerators. Phase transitions. Ideal mixtures.
Kinetic theory of gases:
Maxwell distribution of speed, mean free path, heat conduction, diffusion. Transport processes.
Microstates and statistical description. The equipartition theorem. Planck's radiation law. The Boltzmann distribution.
The syllabus will be illuminated with examples from biology, industry, climate and the environment.
The course aims through a theoretical and experimental approach to give a fundamental understanding of how systems in thermal equlibrium can be described by thermodynamics, kinetical gas theory and basic statistical mechanics.
Knowledge. The candidate should know:
- a wide spectrum of methods from thermal and statistical physics with applications across many disciplines and scientific fields
- fundamental thermal problems with their known solutions
- methods for approaching thermal problems without a know solution
Skills. The candidate should be able to:
- Quantitatively describe systems in thermal equilibrium by methods from thermodynamics and statistical physics
- Design simple heat engines and refrigerators
- Perform and analyze basic experiments and measurements within thermal physics
General competence. The candidate should be able to:
- account for the role of thermal physics in a societal context, including climate and environmental challenges
- account for the connection between thermal physics and other fundamental branches of physics
- To analyze problems in thermal physics using mathematical and numerical methods, including ICT.
Learning methods and activities
Lectures and compulsory laboratory excercises and problem solving. Expected work load in the course is 225 hours.
- 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.
Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.
Recommended previous knowledge
Physics knowledge corresponding to FY1001 Mechanical Physics and FY1003 Electricity and Magnetism. Mathematics corresponding to TMA4100, TMA4105, and TMA4115.
P. C. Hemmer, Termisk fysikk, Tapir Akademisk Forlag, 2. utgave 2002.
D. V. Schroeder, An Introduction to Thermal Physics, Pearson Education, 1999.
Credits: 7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II
Term no.: 1
Teaching semester: AUTUMN 2020
No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 5
No.of specialization hours: 3
Language of instruction: Norwegian
- Technological subjects
Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
- Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
- Autumn ORD Approved report 10/100 ALLE
Room Building Number of candidates
- Autumn ORD Written examination 90/100 C INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
- * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"