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761314A Thermophysics, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 761314A  Validity 01.08.2017 -
Name Thermophysics  Abbreviation Thermophysics 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
Type Intermediate Studies Discipline3251 Physics 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Field of Physics 

Perttu Lantto 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS credits / 133 hours of work

Language of instruction 



Third autumn semester

Learning outcomes 

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 

Face-to-face teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

14 lectures (28 h), 7 exercises (14 h), self-study 91 h

Target group 

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

Person responsible 

Perttu Lantto

Working life cooperation 

No work placement period


Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
Registration Thermophysics  Course  Perttu Lantto  30.08.21 -22.10.21

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