SI1122 Thermodynamics 5.0 credits


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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

Thermodynamics: energy estimation, ideal and real gas laws, kinetic gas theory, energy transport through conduction and radiation, enthalpy and 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

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Mandatory for second year students (CL2). Prerequisits: High-school physics and mathematics

Recommended prerequisites

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  • 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.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale *

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

Examination *

  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 1.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.0 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 (TEN1, 4hp) and lab (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

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.

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SCI/Undergraduate Physics

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Education cycle *

First cycle

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