|Dr M.E. Portnoi|
|Credits:||15 NICATS / 7.5 ECTS|
|Enrolment:||71 students (approx)|
This module builds on the discussion of thermal properties in the Stage 1 PHY1024 Properties of Matter module, introduces classical thermodynamics and shows how its laws arise naturally from the statistical properties of an ensemble. Real-world examples of the key ideas are presented and their application in later modules such as PHY2024 Condensed Matter I and PHY30703 Stars from Birth to Death is stressed. The concepts developed in this module are further extended in the PHYM001 Statistical Physics module.
The aim of Classical thermodynamics is to describe the states and processes of of systems in terms of macroscopic directly measurable properties. It was largely developed during the industrial revolution for practical purposes, such as improving the efficiency the steam-engines, and its famous Three Laws are empirically based.
The aim of statistical mechanics, which had major contributions from Maxwell, Boltzmann and Gibbs, is to demonstrate that statistical methods can predict the bulk thermal properties of a system from an atomistic description of matter. The theory provides the only tractable means of analysing the almost unimaginable complexity of an N-body system containing 1023 particles. The classical Second Law of Thermodynamics finds a natural explanation in terms of the evolution of a system from the less probable to the more probable configurations.
A student who has passed this module should be able to:
|Description||Study time||KIS type|
|22×1-hour lectures||22 hours||SLT|
|5×6-hour self-study packages||30 hours||GIS|
|8×2-hour problems sets||16 hours||GIS|
|Problems class support||8 hours||SLT|
|Tutorial support||3 hours||SLT|
|Reading, private study and revision||71 hours||GIS|
|0%||Exercises set by tutor||3×1-hour sets (typical)||Scheduled by tutor||1-14||Discussion in tutorials|
|0%||Guided self-study||5×6-hour packages||Fortnightly||1-14||Discussion in tutorials|
|10%||8 × Problems sets||2 hours per set||Weekly||1-14||Marked in problems class, then discussed in tutorials|
|15%||Mid-term Test||30 minutes||Weeks T2:06||1-13||Marked, then discussed in tutorials|
|75%||Examination||120 minutes||May/June assessment period||1-13||Mark via MyExeter, collective feedback via ELE and solutions.|
The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of information that students are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Instructor(s).
|Pre-requisite Modules||Properties of Matter (PHY1024) and Mathematics for Physicists (PHY1026)|
|Co-requisite Modules||Mathematics with Physical Applications (PHY2025)|
Re-assessment is not available except when required by referral or deferral.
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Time scale for re-assessment|
|Whole module||Written examination (100%)||1-13||August/September assessment period|
Notes: See Physics Assessment Conventions.
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|Keywords||Physics; Thermodynamic; Properties; Heat; Energy; System; State; Distribution; Boltzmann; Entropy; Functions.|