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SIK203 Thermodynamics

Course description for academic year 2021/2022

Contents and structure

The student acquires basic knowledge that is necessary to follow the teaching in various energy-related courses. 

Content in the course is different forms of energy, properties of pure substances, ideal gas equation and other equations of state. 1st law of thermodynamics applied to closed and open systems (unit operations). 2nd law of thermodynamics. Reversible and irreversible processes. Heat engines, refrigeration machines and heat pumps. Entropy, isentropic processes and isentropic relations.

Learning Outcome

Upon completion of the course SIK203 the student has the following qualifications:


  • Explain basic concepts in thermodynamics
  • Recognize and describe processes in thermodynamic systems
  • Quote the 1st and 2nd law of thermodynamics


  • Find thermodynamic properties of pure substances using diagrams, tables and equations of state
  • Outline different thermodynamic processes in different property diagrams
  • Use the 1st and 2nd law of thermodynamics to solve energy-related problems
  • Assess the efficiency of various processes and devices based on the 1st and 2nd law of thermodynamics

General competence

  • Abstract technical processes
  • Reduce real technical processes to the essential elements and compare them with ideal solutions

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge

Mathematics 1, Phycics, Chemistry

Teaching methods

Lectures, self-study, exercises with supervision, submission of compulsory exercises (see work requirements).

Compulsory learning activities

Mandatory work requirements in the form of individual assignments (calculation exercises).

The mandatory exercises must be completed by set deadlines. Three of five assigments must be approved. 

It is not possible to collect approved submissions over several semesters.

Approved exercises are valid for 4 semesters.


Written exam, 3 hours, accounts for 100 % on the final grade.

Grade: A  -E/ F (failed)

Examination support material

Drawing and writing materials, simple calculator, syllabus literature.

More about examination support material

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