Courses Catalogue

Heat And Thermodynamics

COURSE CODE: PHY1109
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Physics BSc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

Introduction to thermodynamics; Properties of pure substances; Energy transfer by heat, work, and mass; Energy and mass conservation; Entropy and the second law and heat transfer.

 

COURSE JUSTIFICATION/RATIONALE

 

This course introduces the ideas of thermal physics, contrasting the complexity of a world composed of huge numbers of sub-microscopic particles with the simplicity of the thermodynamic laws that govern its large-scale behaviour. It introduces the basic ideas of thermal physics, in order to lay the foundation for future courses in statistical mechanics and condensed matter physics.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

 

By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

§  explain the basic thermodynamic laws and principles

§  introduce the concept of energy conservation through the study of the first and second laws of thermodynamics

§  introduce the concept of entropy and its importance in energy conversion

§  describe the heat transfer mechanism by convection, conduction and radiation.

§  perform basic thermodynamic analysis

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

A student completing the course is expected to:

§  explain the kinetic theory of matter, the connection between molecular motion, temperature and heat, and the concept of thermodynamic equilibrium.

§  describe the 1st law of thermodynamics, and be able to calculate changes in the internal energy of simple systems

§  describe the 2nd law of thermodynamics, and demonstrating of the limitations that it imposes on processes.