5 ECTS credits / 133 hours of work
|Language of instruction
Third autumn semester
The student can explain the basic concepts of thermophysics and can show how the following results (see Contents) arise from them at the level they are presented in lectures. In addition, the student can solve such problems that necessitate deep understanding of the content represented in the course.
The goal of the course is to explain how the macroscopic thermophysical properties of a system (e.g., equation of state) can be derived from its fundamental microscopic properties (e.g., from the behavior of the molecules). For this purpose, the students are given a physically clear understanding of the basic principles of thermophysics, recognizing the fundamental role of its statistical nature. Topics will include: Basic concepts, The first law, Thermal expansion, heat transfer, and diffusion, The second law, The combined law, Heat engines and refrigerators, Thermodynamic potentials, Phases of matter, Classical ideal gas, Classical and open systems.
|Mode of delivery
|Learning activities and teaching methods
14 lectures (28 h), 7 exercises (14 h), self-study 91 h
Primarily for the students of the degree programme in physics. Also for the other students of the University of Oulu.
|Prerequisites and co-requisites
No specific prerequisites
|Recommended optional programme components
No alternative course units or course units that should be completed simultaneously
|Recommended or required reading
Textbooks: H. D. Young and R. A. Freedman: University Physics, 13th edition, Pearson Addison-Wesley, 2012, or earlier editions (in part), F. Mandl: Statistical Physics, second edition, John Wiley & Sons Ltd., 1988 (in part).
Lecture notes: Juhani Lounila: 766328A Termofysiikka, Oulun yliopisto, 2016.
|Assessment methods and criteria
One final examination.
Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.
Numerical grading scale 0 – 5, where 0 = fail
|Working life cooperation
No work placement period