Undergraduate Course: Thermodynamics (PHYS09021)
Course Outline
School  School of Physics and Astronomy 
College  College of Science and Engineering 
Credit level (Normal year taken)  SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) 
Availability  Available to all students 
SCQF Credits  10 
ECTS Credits  5 
Summary  **** This course is for Visiting Students who are here for semester 1 only and students from the School of Geosciences; please ensure students are enrolled on the correct instance. Fully registered students and visiting students who are registered for the full year, please see the new course Thermal Physics (PHYS09061). Visiting students who are registered for semester two only, please see course Statistical Mechanics (PHYS09019) ****
An introduction to equilibrium thermodynamics. The First and Second laws of thermodynamics are introduced, along with the concepts of temperature, internal energy, heat, entropy and the thermodynamic potentials. Applications of thermodynamic concepts to topics such as heat engines, the expansion of gases and changes of phase are considered. The Third Law, and associated properties of entropy, complete the course. 
Course description 
* Concepts: State variables and state functions, temperature scales and some useful mathematics.
* Reversible and irreversible processes
* Ideal and nonideal fluids
* Cyclic processes, heat engines, Carnot's theorem and its corollaries.
* Entropy
* Maxwell relations and analytic thermodynamics
* Phase transitions: discontinuous, continuous, and non symmetrybreaking.
* The 3rd law
* The application of thermodynamics to different physical systems including examples from astrophysics and superconductivity
* Chemical potential and open systems

Information for Visiting Students
Prerequisites  None 
High Demand Course? 
Yes 
Course Delivery Information

Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1)

Quota: None 
Course Start 
Semester 1 
Timetable 
Timetable 
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) 
Total Hours:
100
(
Lecture Hours 22,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Revision Session Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
50 )

Assessment (Further Info) 
Written Exam
80 %,
Coursework
20 %,
Practical Exam
0 %

Additional Information (Assessment) 
Coursework, 20%
Degree Examination, 80%

Feedback 
Not entered 
Exam Information 
Exam Diet 
Paper Name 
Hours & Minutes 

Main Exam Diet S1 (December)   2:00   Resit Exam Diet (August)   2:00  
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
 Understand the Zeroth, First, Second and Third Laws of thermodynamics, and use the laws of thermodynamics to solve a variety of problems, such as the expansion of gases and the efficiency of heat engines
 Understand all the concepts needed to state the laws of thermodynamics, such as 'thermodynamic equilibrium', 'exact' and 'inexact' differentials and 'reversible' and 'irreversible' processes.
 Understand the meaning and significance of state variables in general, including the entropy, the enthalpy, Helmholtz and Gibbs free energy, and be able to manipulate these variables to solve a variety of thermodynamic problems.
 Understand the efficiency and properties of thermodynamic cycles for heat engines, refrigerators and heat pumps.
 Understand the meaning of phase diagrams, and be able to construct them from equations of state.

Reading List
Finn, Thermal Physics 
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 
Not entered 
Additional Class Delivery Information 
Workshop/tutorial sessions, as arranged. 
Keywords  Thermodyn,Thermal Physics,Solids,Liquids,Gasses,Engines 
Contacts
Course organiser  Prof Wilson Poon
Tel: (0131 6)50 5297
Email: 
Course secretary  Miss Emma Summers
Tel: (0131 6)51 7524
Email: 

