GENERAL PHYSICS 1 (UNIT 2)
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course aims to provide the student with the basic notions of classical thermodynamics. These notions, also illustrated by a large number of examples, will allow him to set up and solve simple problems and to understand some of the fundamental properties of matter derived from the laws studied.
Knowledge and understanding
- to know and understand the terminology used in the field of thermodynamics
- knowledge of fundamental laws and natural principles governing thermodynamic processes.
- knowledge of strategies to find specific solutions to simple thermodynamic problems.
Applying knowledge and understanding
- Resolutions of simple problems both in analytical and numerical terms relating to the thermodynamic processes.
- development of a correct, rigorous and comprehensible scientific language that allows to expose clearly the knowledge and the strategies learned during the course.
- Ability to critically evaluate the results obtained in dealing with problems.
- Ability to make simple appropriate observations and to give possible descriptions in concrete situations close to those being dealt with in the course
- the ability to apply the acquired knowledge to solve original problems in thermodynamics
The course is calculus based.
The course of Mathematical Analysis should be previously attended.
knowledge of basic trigonometry, equations and systems of first and second order, exponentials and logarithmic functions, functions of real variable, limits, derivates and integrals.
Course contents summary
Temperature and heat
First law of thermodynamics
Second law of thermodynamics
Thermodynamics. Thermodynamic systems; Temperature and thermometers; ideal gas law; Thermodynamic work, heat and laws of thermodynamics (zeroth, first and second law); Thermodynamic processes; heat capacitance and calorimetry; Carnot cycle, heat engines and refrigerators, efficiency and coefficient of performance; entropy.
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Any other text for University Physics (for Degree in Engineering or Physics) can also be considered valid for the purpose of preparation. If in doubt consult the teacher.
Lectures are highly recommended. Many examples will be discussed during the course. Exercise sessions will be held during the course.
Assessment methods and criteria
Only one examination for unit 1 and 2.
Two written partial tests of which the first one during the year (duration 1h20 ') or written test on the whole program alternatively (duration 2h).
Written tests will present both numerical or literal exercises and theoretical questions.
With a total score above 18/30 you will have the opportunity to immediately accept the proposed mark (oral exam at the discretion of the student who intends to improve the mark).
With a lower grade in the 18/30 written exam, but no less than 12/30, the student will be provisionally admitted to the oral test. Provisional admission means that after the written test is assessed, despite the non-achievement of the minimum requirements for verbalization, it is also possible to access the oral examination: the teacher will check the student's actual preparation through the usual questions about "Theory" as well as possibly, if deemed necessary, with the support of short written exercises (it is clear that without having the comfort of the written test the student MUST necessarily achieve the minimum proficiency level).