SI1121 Thermodynamics 6.0 credits


  • Education cycle

    First cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Autumn 18 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes


  • Solve analytic problems on the “Main Contents” below and present a clear solution with a correct answer.
  • Apply the theory of thermodynamics to describe everyday phenomena.
  • Appraise the power and limitations of thermodynamic models.
  • Make qualitative estimations, particularly focused on the energy aspects of sustainable development.


  • Write an essay on an engineering topic using clearly structured paragraphs.
  • Give a computer supported oral presentation in fron of the class on a technical topic focused on delivering a clear message to the audience.           


  • Successfully perform thermodynamic experiments following instructions in the lab PM.

Course main content

Forms of Energy, ideal and real gas laws, kinetic gas theory, black-body radiation, energy transport through conduction and radiation, the laws of thermodynamics, enthalpy and entropy, adiabatic transformations, the Carnot cycle, heat engines and heat pumps, phase transitions. Physical models and validity, dimensional analysis, estimation and error analysis. Sustainable development from an energy perspective.


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


  • O. Beckman, G. Grimvall, B. Kjöllerström och T. Sundström, "Energilära", Liber 2005. 
  • Young & Freedman, University Physics, chapter 17-20
  • Exempelsamling, teoretisk fysik. KTH.
  • Grimvall, G., Basic skills in physics and engineering science, teoretisk fysik, KTH, 2006
  • Laborationsinstruktioner.


  • INL1 - Hand in Task, 1.0, grading scale: P, F
  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 1.0, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written Examinations, 4.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

The aim for the examination to contain problems closely tied to every-day phenomena and sustainability from an energy perspective.

Requirements for final grade

Written exam (TEN1, 4hp), assignment (INL1, 1hp) and lab (LAB1; 1 hp)

Offered by

SCI/Undergraduate Physics


Mats Wallin (


Mats Wallin <>


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2014.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2011.