Victoria University of Wellington
Wellington, New Zealand
Area of Study
Taught In English
MATH 142, 151, PHYS 114, 115;
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
PHYS 223 extends the treatment of kinetic theory, Boltzmann and Maxwell distributions, thermodynamics, potential fields (gravity, electric and magnetic) and classical mechanics.
- Classical mechanics (Dr. Governale)
- Newtonian mechanics (refresher)
- Calculus of variations
- Constraints and generalised coordinates
- Hamilton’s principle
- Lagrangian and Lagrange’s equations
- Conservation laws and symmetries
- Coupled oscillators, normal modes
- Motion in a central potential
- Hamiltonian and Hamilton’s equations
- Poisson brackets
Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory (Dr. Ingham)
- State variables and equations of state
- Zeroth law of thermodynamics
- Work, heat
- 1st law of thermodynamics
- Heat capacities
- Isothermal and adiabatic changes
- 2nd law of thermodynamics, heat engines
- Carnot's theorem
- Clausius' theorem
- Thermodynamic potentials
- Kinetic theory of gases
Course learning objectives
Students who pass this course should be able to:
- Possess a solid knowledge of classical thermodynamics, Lagrangian mechanics and Hamiltonian mechanics.
- Possess the ability to describe thermodynamical and mechanical systems by means of formal mathematical language and make quantitative predictions on their behavior;.
- Possess the ability to perform practical measurements associated with thermal and mechanical phenomena.
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