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Module Specifications
Archived Version 2018 - 2019
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Description This module aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to the topics of mechanical-equilibrium, fluids, gasses, heat, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. The subjects taught and the method of approach will be chosen to give students a full and thorough knowledge of the topics. The module aims to develop students appreciation of thermal physics and to be able to confidently handle problems. The relationships between the macroscopic properties and the atomistic nature of matter are developed. Students will be able to see the relationship between the classroom material and their real-life experiences and observations. | |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
Learning Outcomes 1. Be familiar with the basic physical concepts as they relate to thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. 2. Solve numerical problems in thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. 3. Explain the physical principles which underpin the relevant experiments in the lab modules. 4. Relate the physical principles to topics covered in other modules. | |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml |
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Indicative Content and
Learning Activities 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 Static Equilibrium Calculate forces associated with systems in static equilibrium. Fluidics Calculation of forces resulting from fluids. Static pressures and Hydraulics, and simple fluid-dynamics using Bernoulli's equation. Elasticity and compression Extension of Hooke's Law with the atomic description of non-rigid bonding, and the development of Young's modulus, Sheer modulus, and Bulk modulus. Wave motion in solids and fluids Mathematical description of travelling waves for longitudinal and transverse forms. Impact on waves with the boundary between different materials. | |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
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Indicative Reading List
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Other Resources None | |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
Programme or List of Programmes |
- See the module specification for PS105 in 2003 - 2004
- See the module specification for PS105 in 2004 - 2005
- See the module specification for PS105 in 2005 - 2006
- See the module specification for PS105 in 2006 - 2007
- See the module specification for PS105 in 2007 - 2008
- See the module specification for PS105 in 2008 - 2009
- See the module specification for PS105 in 2009 - 2010
- See the module specification for PS105 in 2010 - 2011
- See the module specification for PS105 in 2011 - 2012
- See the module specification for PS105 in 2012 - 2013
- See the module specification for PS105 in 2013 - 2014
- See the module specification for PS105 in 2014 - 2015
- See the module specification for PS105 in 2015 - 2016
- See the module specification for PS105 in 2016 - 2017
- See the module specification for PS105 in 2017 - 2018
- See the module specification for PS105 in 2018 - 2019
- See the module specification for PS105 in 2019 - 2020
- See the module specification for PS105 in 2020 - 2021
- See the module specification for PS105 in 2021 - 2022
- See the module specification for PS105 in 2022 - 2023
- See the module specification for the current year