Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Cycle: G1 (First Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. FAFA45 overlaps following cours/es: FAF108. Compulsory for: V1. Course coordinator: Elisabeth Nilsson,, Department of Physics. Assessment: Passed laboratory work and reports. Passed written exam. The result of the written examination settles the final grade. Parts: 2. Home page:

The aim of this course is for the student to acquire a fundamental knowledge of the concepts and laws of thermodynamics and its applications. With this knowledge as a tool, the student will also be able to develop her understanding of technical applications in areas adjacent to thermodynamics. The course will also problematize and give perspectives on the rôle of an engineer in the development of a sustainable society.

The course will also train the student's ability of problem solving, modelling, experimental work and written as well as oral communication. The course is also aiming at stimulating the student to apply physics in explaining everyday phenomena.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

Problem solving. Measurements, experiments, analysis and presentation of experimental data. Temperature and heat. Pressure. Ideal and real gases. Surface energy. Flow of fluids - Bernoulli's equation. Laws of thermodynamics. Changes of state, work and cyclic processes. Heat engines: refrigerators and heat pumps. Microscopic description of thermodynamics. Heat transfer: conduction, convection and radiation. Climate and the green-house effect. Electromagnetic radiation, electrical and magnetic fields, electrical applications, safety aspects.

The concept of sustainability is also discussed with a startingpoint taken in four of Sweden's sixteen "Environmental objects", i.e. "Reduced climate impact", "A protective ozone layer", "A safe radiation environment" and "A good built environment".

Jönsson, G: Fysik i vätskor och gaser, Teach Support 2010. ISBN: 9789197249997.
The environmental Objectives portal:
Laborationshandledningar i fysik för V, Fysiska institutionen, Lund 2011.


Code: 0110. Name: Written Examination.
Higher education credits: 5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written exam.

Code: 0210. Name: Laboratory Sessions and Reports.
Higher education credits: 2,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Active participation in laboratory work (mandatory). Passed written and oral project presentations. Contents: 1) Experimental methodology. 2) Electricity - measurement of voltage, current, electric and magnetic fields. 3) Cyclic processes - The heat pump and the Stirling engine. 4) Flowing fluids.