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PHY2022 : Thermodynamics

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Patrick Briddon
  • Owning School: Mathematics, Statistics and Physics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To enhance the students' knowledge of thermodynamics and to develop their understanding of how thermodynamics relates to other elements of physics.

Outline Of Syllabus

Thermodynamics: Fundamental Laws, entropy, heat engines, potentials, Maxwell’s relations. Applications.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Final Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture51:005:00Formal problems class
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00Formal Lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery120:102:00Office hours
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study135:0035:00Reviewing lecture notes; background reading.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study170:308:30Revision for final exam
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study122:0024:00Problem solving; preparation for problems class
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide core material and guidance for further reading, problem solving practice is provided through tutorials. Office hours provide an opportunity for more direct contact between individual students and the lecturer: a typical student might spend a total of one or two hours over the course of the module, either individually or as part of a group.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A90N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination provides the opportunity for the student to demonstrate their understanding of the lecture course material. The report enables students to demonstrate knowledge of how heat engines work and the relationship to thermodynamic concepts.

Reading Lists