Undergraduate Course: Thermodynamics (PHYS09021)
Course Outline
School  School of Physics and Astronomy 
College  College of Science and Engineering 
Course type  Standard 
Availability  Available to all students 
Credit level (Normal year taken)  SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) 
Credits  10 
Home subject area  Undergraduate (School of Physics and Astronomy) 
Other subject area  None 
Course website 
http://www2.ph.ed.ac.uk/teaching/coursenotes/notes/list/57 
Taught in Gaelic?  No 
Course description  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. 
Information for Visiting Students
Prerequisites  None 
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?  Yes 
Course Delivery Information

Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1)

WebCT enabled: Yes 
Quota: None 
Location 
Activity 
Description 
Weeks 
Monday 
Tuesday 
Wednesday 
Thursday 
Friday 
King's Buildings  Lecture   111  10:00  10:50      King's Buildings  Lecture   111     10:00  10:50   King's Buildings  Tutorial   211  17:10  18:00  or 17:10  18:00   or 17:10  18:00  
First Class 
First class information not currently available 
Additional information 
Workshop/tutorial sessions, as arranged. 
Exam Information 
Exam Diet 
Paper Name 
Hours:Minutes 


Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)   2:00    Resit Exam Diet (August)   2:00   

Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 1, Partyear visiting students only (VV1)

WebCT enabled: No 
Quota: None 
Location 
Activity 
Description 
Weeks 
Monday 
Tuesday 
Wednesday 
Thursday 
Friday 
King's Buildings  Lecture   111  10:00  10:50      King's Buildings  Lecture   111     10:00  10:50   King's Buildings  Tutorial   211  17:10  18:00  or 17:10  18:00   or 17:10  18:00  
First Class 
Week 1, Monday, 10:00  10:50, Zone: King's Buildings. LTB  JCMB 
Additional information 
Workshop/tutorial sessions, as arranged. 
Exam Information 
Exam Diet 
Paper Name 
Hours:Minutes 


Main Exam Diet S1 (December)   2:00   
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course it is intended that a student will be able to:
1)State the Zeroth, First, Second and Third Laws of thermodynamics, if appropriate in different but equivalent forms and demonstrate their equivalence
2)Understand all the concepts needed to state the laws of thermodynamics, such as 'thermodynamic equilibrium', 'exact' and 'inexact' differentials and 'reversible' and 'irreversible' processes
3)Use the laws of thermodynamics (particularly the first and second laws) to solve a variety of problems, such as the expansion of gases and the efficiency of heat engines
4)Understand the meaning and significance of state variables in general, and of the variables P; V; T;U; S in particular, especially in the context of a simple fluid, and to manipulate these variables to solve a variety of thermodynamic problems
5)Define the enthalpy H, Helmholtz function F and the Gibbs function G and state their roles in determining equilibrium under different constraints
6)Manipulate (using suitable results from the theory of functions of many variables) a variety of thermodynamic derivatives, including a number of 'material properties' such as heat capacity, thermal expansivity and compressibility, and solve problems in which such derivatives appear
7)Sketch the phase diagram of a simple substance in various representations and understand the concept of an 'equation of state' (as exemplified by the van der Waals' equation for a fluid) and the basic thermodynamics of phase transitions
8)Demonstrate a grasp of the orders of magnitudes of the various central quantities involved 
Assessment Information
Coursework, 10%
Degree Examination, 90%
Visiting Student Variant Assessment
Coursework, 10%
Degree Examination, 90% 
Special Arrangements
None 
Additional Information
Academic description 
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Syllabus 
* 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
* Legendre transforms, 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

Transferable skills 
Not entered 
Reading list 
Not entered 
Study Abroad 
Not entered 
Study Pattern 
Not entered 
Keywords  Therm 
Contacts
Course organiser  Prof Andrew Huxley
Tel: (0131 6)51 7053
Email: a.huxley@ed.ac.uk 
Course secretary  Miss Laura GonzalezRienda
Tel: (0131 6)51 7067
Email: l.gonzalez@ed.ac.uk 

