FYS252 Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
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Course responsible: Jorge Mario Marchetti
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Teaching language: EN
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2017H
Basic fundamental thermodynamics concepts and its application in different scenarios. Introduction to the energy cycles, ideal and real cycles process and their efficiency.
Fundamentals on ideal gas mixture, thermodynamics property relations and introduction to phase and chemical equilibrium
Basic concepts on Statistical Physics such as Boltzmann distribution, Kinetics theory of gases, and emsembles.
Students will be given the fundamental of thermodynamics and its applications to energy industry. Students will be taught to describe, understand and calculate various forms of energy transport and work-producing and work-consuming cyclic processes. The student is to be able to apply the necessary thermodynamics and other general physics in order to understand how we can make the most of our energy resources and use various energy transformation principles.
The students will have an introduction to ideal gas mixtures and the simple models of gases or vapor mixtures. Thermodynamic property relations will be introduced. Their use will be presented with focus on its use for statistical thermodynamics. Introduction to real gas behavior and equations of state for gasses will be presented as well.
Chemical reaction equilibrium will be presented and the students will be taught how to calculate the equilibrium constant and thermodynamic properties at equilibrium conditions. Industrial applications will be presented as well (chemical reactors)
Students will be given an introduction to statistical physics and the implications of its use. The students will be introduce to the statistical behavior and probabilistic analysis of the matter and its properties. Students will faced how microscopic properties affects macroscopic properties of the matter.
The lectures will cover main ideas and theories of thermodynamics, statistical physics, and closely related topics, it will give the basic tools for the student to address different problems and situations. In exercises , the students will solve related problems to the field, using mathematical tools. The concepts in the lecture will serve as guide for adressing the problems.
Students will be able to meet the teacher during one day a week for 2 hours in order to discuss theory or concepts. Problems could also be discussed if there is no other topic to be adressed. The day and time will be given by the teacher at the beginning of the course.
An overview based on mainly English texts will be available at the beginning of the course.
FYS101, FYS102, FYS103, MATH111, MATH112, MATH113
Written exam (3,5 hours). Grading will be A til F.
For 13 weeks: Lectures: 2 x 2 hours per week. Exercises: 1 x 2 hours per week. Individual work an group discussions: 12 hours per week for 15 weeks. Total of 250 hours.
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
5 credits FYS252A
Type of course:
For 13 weeks: Lectures: 2 x 2 hours per week. Exercises: 1 x 2 hours per week. Self-study and colloquia.
The external and internal examiner jointly prepare the exam questions and the correction manual. The external examiner reviews the internal examiner's examination results by correcting a random sample of candidate's exams as a calibration according to the Department's guidelines for examination markings.
Allowed examination aids: B2 Calculator handed out, other aids as specified
Examination details: Written exam: Passed / Failed