SI1120 Thermodynamics, Basic Course 6.0 credits

Termodynamik, grundkurs

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

Thermodynamics: energy estimation, ideal and real gas laws, kinetic gas theory, energy transport through conduction and radiation, entropy, the laws of thermodynamics, the Carnot cycle, heat engines and heat pumps. Physical models and validiy, dimensional analysis, estimation and error analysis.

Intended learning outcomes *

After completing the course you should be able to 

  • explain the concept of energy and how energy can be stored and converted.
  • realize the importance of thermodynamics in everday phenomena
  • be familiar with the power and limitations of thermodynamic models

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Mandatory for first year students. Prerequisits: High-school physics and mathematics

Recommended prerequisites

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-         Young & Freedman, University Physics, chapter 17-20

-         Grimvall, G., Basic skills in physics and engineering science, teoretisk fysik, KTH, 2010

-         Laboratory instructions.

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 1.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • TENA - Examination, 5.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade *

Written exam (TENA, 5hp), lab part (LAB1; 1 hp)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Mats Wallin

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web SI1120

Offered by

SCI/Theoretical Undergaduate Physics

Main field of study *

Physics, Technology

Education cycle *

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Patrik Henelius (

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.