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Syllabus for

Academic year
FTF140 - Thermodynamics and statistical mechanics
Termodynamik och statistisk mekanik
 
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-14 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TKTFY
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Engineering Physics
Department: 16 - PHYSICS


Teaching language: Swedish
Application code: 57134
Open for exchange students: No
Block schedule: D+
Maximum participants: 180
Only students with the course round in the programme plan

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0195 Examination 7,5c Grading: TH   7,5c   30 Oct 2020 am J   04 Jan 2021 am J,  24 Aug 2021 am J

In programs

TKTFY ENGINEERING PHYSICS, Year 3 (compulsory)
TKTEM ENGINEERING MATHEMATICS, Year 3 (compulsory)

Examiner:

Henrik Grönbeck

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Eligibility

General entry requirements for bachelor's level (first cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

The same as for the programme that owns the course.
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

Classical mechanics and basic quantum physics. Multivariabel analysis. Basic probability theory and statistics.

Aim

The purpose of the course is to provide basic knowledge about thermodynamic relations and statistical distributions, so that the student after finished course will be able to apply these laws to various practical problems and also be able to assimilate new scientific and technical information in order to attack novel and more complicated technological problems.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • apply basic laws in thermodynamics and statistical physics to various practical problems;

  • assimilate new scientific and technical information in order to attack novel and more complicated technological problems.
  • Content

    Basic thermodynamic concepts as equilibrium, reversible and irreversible processes, state functions, heat and work. Statistical description of many-body systems and the concept of multiplicity and entropy. The laws of thermodynamics. Application of thermodynamics to heat engines, refrigerators and heat pumps. Thermodynamic potentials, free energies and chemical potential. Phase equilibrium in one and two-component systems. Microcanonical, canonical and grand canonical ensembles. Equipartition theorem. Maxwell velocity distribution. Applications to classical ideal gases, lattice vibrations, paramagnetism and adsorption problems. Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein distribution functions for ideal quantum gases and density of states. Applications to electrons in metals and in semi-conductors, stability of stars and Bose-Einstein condensation. Planck distribution, blackbody radiation and heat balance applied to the earth atmosphere.

    Organisation

    Instruction is given in the form of lectures and problem-solving sessions. These are supplemented by one compulsory experimental laboration: The Hot-Air Engine.

    Literature

    Daniel V. Schroeder: An Introduction to Thermal Physics (Addison Wesley Longham, 2000).

    Examination including compulsory elements

    The course ends with a written exam, mostly consisting of problems to be solved. During the course there is two written tests ("duggor") which may give bonus-points for the exam. The experimental laboration is compulsory and give no extra bonus points.


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