SI1120 Thermodynamics, Basic Course 6.0 credits

Termodynamik, grundkurs

  • Education cycle

    First cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

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

At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.

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 main content

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.


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


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

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

-         Laboratory instructions.


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

Requirements for final grade

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

Offered by

SCI/Theoretical Undergaduate Physics


Patrik Henelius (


Patrik Henelius <>


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2008.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2008.