Physics I: Waves and Thermodynamics (Spring Semester 2017)

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  Day Time Location
Lecture Tuesday
14:00 - 16:00 HPH G 3
Excercises Tuesday
16:00 - 18:00 HCI E 8, HCI F2, HCI F8, HCI J8
new from 21st March 17: HIL B 21 (HCI D6 has been cancelled), HIL E 10.1
HIT F 11.1, HIT J 51, HIT J 52

Dr. Jan Klärs ()


Physics I is an introduction to continuum mechanics, wave phenomena, and fundamental concepts of thermodynamics.


After completing this course, students should be able to construct and apply simple models of dynamics in non-rigid materials. Students should also be able to identify and relate basic thermodynamic quantities in equilibrium systems given realistic constraints.


The lecture will discuss the following concepts:

- One dimensional wave equation
- Plane waves, spherical waves in 2 and 3 dimensions
- Elastic waves, sound velocity
- Stationary waves, resonances
- Propagation: interference and diffraction
- Doppler effect

- Kinetic theory of gases, perfect gases
- Conservation of energy, first principle
- Second principle, thermal cycles
- Entropy, thermodynamical and statistical interpretation
- Thermal radiation and heat transfer

Lecture notes

The lecture notes will be distributed via the Moodle platform.


P. A. Tipler and G. Mosca, "Physics for Scientists and Engineers" (6th edition) Chapters 14-20.

Prerequisites / Notice

Technical Mechanics, Analysis


  • Written examination, 120 minutes
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