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  • Number of credits 6 credits
  • Level Bachelor's level
  • Starting Autumn Term 2023

About the course

The course begins with an introduction to basic concepts as temperature, thermal equilibrium, work, heat, heat capacity and enthalpy. A statistical approach is applied to some simple model systems in order to introduce the second law of thermodynamics formulated in terms of the entropy. Heat engines and refrigerators are discussed as well as internal combustion engines and steam engines. Finally, the concept of free energy is introduced and applied to phase transformations.

Application and eligibility

Thermodynamics, 6 credits

Visa tillfällen för föregående termin Autumn Term 2023 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen


31 October 2023


14 January 2024

Study location




Type of studies

Daytime, 33%

Required Knowledge

Classical Mechanics, or equivalent. A first course in multi-variable analysis.

Entry requirements


Academic credits Applicants in some programs at Umeå University have guaranteed admission to this course. The number of places for a single course may therefore be limited.

Application code



The online application opens 15 March 2023 at 13:00 CET. Application deadline is 17 April 2023. How to apply

Application and tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

Application fee

SEK 900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK 14,280

Total fee

SEK 14,280

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Course is given by
The Department of Physics
Contactperson for the course is:
Peter Olsson