480-8673/01 – Introduction to Thermodynamics (UTd)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of PhysicsCredits3
Subject guarantordoc. RNDr. Dalibor Ciprian, Ph.D.Subject version guarantordoc. RNDr. Dalibor Ciprian, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2018/2019Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesUSP, FMTIntended for study typesBachelor
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
CIP10 doc. RNDr. Dalibor Ciprian, Ph.D.
GRY0091 Ing. Michal Gryga
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 2+1

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

The objective of the course is to learn basic principles of equilibrium thermodynamics. After the course, the students are able to describe and analyze the behaviour of simple thermodynamic systems,

Teaching methods



The course is focused on basic principles and methods of equilibrium thermodynamics. The brief introduction to thermodynamics of non-equilibrium processes is presented too. The methods are demonstrated on the description of simple thermodynamic systems.

Compulsory literature:

Adkins, C. J., Equilibrium Thermodynamics, Cambridge University Press, 3 edition, 2008, ISBN 978-0521274562 Hardy, R., J., Binek, Ch., Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics, Wiley-Blackwell, 1 edition, 2014, ISBN 978-1118501009

Recommended literature:

Boles, M., Cengel, Y., Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach, McGraw-Hill, 8 edition, 2014, ISBN 978-0073398174 Fermi, E., Thermodynamics, Important Books, 2013, ISBN 978-8087830611

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Discussion with students during the lessons, final written test.


no e-learning available

Other requirements

systematic out-of-class study required


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Basic definitions, state parameters and state functions 2. The first law of thermodynamics, equations of state 3. Reversible, irreversible and natural processes, heat capacities 4. The second law of thermodynamics, kvasistatic processes, absolute temperature, entropy 5. Thermodynamics potentials - internal energy, entropy and Gibbs function 6. Helmholtz free energy, enthalpy, relation among the derivatives of thermodynamic quantities 7. Chemical potential 8. Application of thermodynamic potentials to simple systems 9. Conditions of thermodynamic equilibrium 10. Thermodynamics of mixing 11. Phase equilibrium, the influence of the boundary 12. Introduction to non-equilibrium thermodynamics, Onsager relations, diffusion and heat transfer 13. The third law of thermodynamics, thermodynamics of blackbody radiation

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2018/2019 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of points
Credit and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Credit Credit 30  16
        Examination Examination 70  35
Mandatory attendence parzicipation: compulsory seminars - max 3 absences with leave

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Academic yearProgrammeField of studySpec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2021/2022 (B0719A270001) Nanotechnology P Czech Ostrava 2 Compulsory study plan
2020/2021 (B0719A270001) Nanotechnology P Czech Ostrava 2 Compulsory study plan
2019/2020 (B0719A270001) Nanotechnology P Czech Ostrava 2 Compulsory study plan

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