Thermal and Classical Physics

University of Melbourne

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Thermal and Classical Physics

  • Host University

    University of Melbourne

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Physics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    One of

    PHYC10001 Physics 1: Advanced

    PHYC10003 Physics 1

    PHYC10005 Physics 1: Fundamentals

    Plus one of

    PHYC10002 Physics 2: Advanced

    PHYC1004 Physics 2: Physical Science & Technology

    PHYC10006 Physics 2: Life Sciences & Environment

    Plus one of

    MAST10006 Calculus 2

    MAST10009 Accelerated Mathematics 2

    Plus one of

    MAST10007 Linera Algebra

    MAST10008 Accelerated Mathematics 1

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

    12.5
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This subject extends knowledge of fundamental thermal physics principles and introduces the powerful and elegant Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of classical mechanics. Topics from thermal physics include thermal equilibrium, ideal gas and kinetic theory, equipartition of energy, heat and work, heat capacity, latent heat, enthalpy, thermodynamic processes; thermal systems and statistics, interacting systems, statistics of large systems, entropy, temperature and heat, pressure, chemical potential; heat engines, Carnot cycle, refrigerators, throttling process; Helmholtz and Gibbs Free energies, and phase transformations. In classical physics, topics will include elementary principles (Newton’s laws, momentum and energy conservation, mechanics of systems of particles), Lagrange’s equations (constraints and generalized coordinates, Lagrange’s equations, velocity dependent and dissipative forces, applications, symmetries and conservation laws, stability and oscillations) and Hamilton’s principle (calculus of variation, applications, Hamilton’s principle, Legendre transformations).

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.