GENERAL PHYSICS 1 (UNIT 2)
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The objective of the course is the basic knowledge and understanding of the fundamental laws of thermodynamics. Students will also learn how to solve simple problems.
The course is calculus based.
The courses of Mathematical Analysis and Geometry should be previously attended.
Course contents summary
Thermodynamic variables, volume, pressure, flow rates, Bernoully's principle.
The zeroth law of thermodynamics and thermal equilibrium. Temperature, thermometers and temperature scales.
Kinetic theory of gases : microscopic origin of temperature, equipartition of energy.
The first law of thermodynamics, specific and latent heat, work, thermodynamic transformations, internal energy, cycles.
The second law of thermodynamics, heat engines and refrigerators, reversibility, Carnot cycle.
D. Halliday, R. Resnick, K.S. Krane, “Fondamenti di fisica” vol 1(CEA)
Gettys, “Fisica 1” (casa editrice McGraw-Hill) Quarta edizione
P. Mazzoldi, M. Nigro, C. Voci, “Elementi di Fisica” in più volumi (EdiSES)
For a deeper insight
Serway-Beichner – Fisica per Scienze ed Ingegneria Vol 1 – Ed. EdiSES
Halliday-Resnick-Krane – Fisica 1 – Ed. CEA
P.Mazzoldi, M.Nigro, C.Voci – Fisica vol. I . Ed. EdiSES
Exercise sessions will be held during the course.
Assessment methods and criteria
Only one examination for unit 1 and 2. An intermediate and a final written test. An oral exam is compulsory only for test results below a certain threshold (details on the specific course web page)