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Archived Version 2004 - 2005

Module Title Thermal & Physical Properties of Matter
Module Code PS105
School School of Physical Sciences

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Module Co-ordinatorDr Paul van KampenOffice NumberN143
Level 1 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims
7 To provide a comprehensive introduction to the topics of heat, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics 7 To improve team-work and problem-solving skills through the use of Problem Based Learning

Learning Outcomes
7 The student will be able to apply the main concepts in heat and thermodynamics to real-life problems 7 The student will be more aware of issues relating to their learning

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 12
Tutorials 24
Laboratories 0
Seminars 0
Independent Learning Time 39

Total 75
Assume that a 5 credit module load represents approximately 75 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus
Delivery:The module will mainly be taught through Problem Based LearningIndicative Syllabus:· The atomic hypothesis· Thermometry· Kinetic Theory· Ideal gas law· Heat capacity· Heat transfer· Thermal stress · Diffusion and mobility · Boltzmann factor · Work done during expansion · First Law of Thermodynamics · Process variables and state variables · Second Law of Thermodynamics · Microstates and macrostates · Multiplicity and entropy · Thermal equilibrium · Maxwell distribution · Carnot cycle · Phase changes, Clausius-Clapeyron equation
Continuous Assessment50% Examination Weight50%
Indicative Reading List
7 Essential: Physics: Principles with Applications by D.C. Giancoli 7 Supplementary: o Understanding Physics by M. Mansfield and C. OSullivan o University Physics by Young and Freedman (10th Ed) Addison Wesley o Thermal Physics by R. Baierlein o Web resources
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