Syllabus academic year 2007/2008

Higher education credits: 10,5. Grading scale: TH. Level: G2 (First level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. FFF100 overlap following cours/es: FFFF01. Compulsory for: F2, N2. Optional for: Pi4bs. Course coordinator: Günter Grossmann, och Gunnar Ohlén,, Fysik, kurslaboratoriet. Assessment: Written examination and completed laboratory work. Parts: 2. Home page:

The course introduces Thermodynamics based on a microscopic description of matter in order to develop an understanding of central concepts such as entropy and temperature. These are prerequisite for the following study of thermodynamic phenomena within e.g. the physics of gases. The course further provides the connection between a microscopic and a macroscopic treatment of matter. Thermodynamics and quantum mechanics as covered in e.g. the course Quantum Phenomena and Nanotechnology serve as the basis for the subsequent study of the solid state, in particular of the electrical properties of solids. In this way the course directly connects to the applications as treated in the following course on Electronics. The course also briefly considers optical, dielectric, and magnetic properties of matter.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Termodynamics: First Law: energy, work, and heat. Second Law: entropy and temperature. Application of thermodynamics to systems in equilibrium and to heat engines. Quantum systems: Boltzmann factor and Fermi-Dirac distribution. Applications.

Solid State Physics: Binding and crystal structure, lattice vibrations and thermal properties, electronic structure and electric conductivity, metals, insulators and semiconductors. Introduction to semiconductor devices and review of optical, dielectric, and magnetic properties.

Printed lectures by Gunnar Ohlén and Günter Grossmann. Additional hand-out material and laboratory instructions.


Code: 0106. Name: Laboratory Projects and Project Papers - Thermodynamics.
Higher education credits: 3. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Evaluation of completed laboratory work and reports. Contents: Laboratory work and instructions.

Code: 0306. Name: Thermodynamics and Electronic Materials.
Higher education credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written examination. Contents: The entire course including laboratory work.