1. Physics & Physical Oceanography at Memorial University of Newfoundland

  2. Chemistry at Memorial University of Newfoundland
Dr. Kristin Poduska
Memorial University of Newfoundland & Labrador
Experimental Materials Physics & Chemistry

decoding the past      and      directing the future     

Physics 2053: Fluids and Thermodynamics

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Fall 2017

Course information

Text: Serway and Jewett, Principles of Physics, Brooks/Cole-Thomson (5th edition, 2013, ISBN 9781305586871). There are electronic and paper versions of these texts available.

Note: It is possible to use other introductory physics textbooks, but be forewarned that you may miss some material.

Classes: T,Th 12:00-12:50, F 13:00-13:50 in C2045

Prerequisites: Math 1001, Physics 1051 (or Physics 1021 with minimum average 70%)

Topics: This course is ideal for curious minds! Why does a metal boat float? How do airplanes fly? What is turbulence? What exactly is "heat" anyway? How is temperature defined? What does the motion of atoms and molecules have to do with temperature? How are refrigerators and diesel engines related? What is "entropy", and what is The Heat Death of the Universe?

PHYS 2053 (Fluids and Thermodynamics) introduces basic concepts in fluid statics and dynamics, as well as fundamental concepts in thermal physics: kinetic theory, the laws of thermodynamics, thermodynamic processes, entropy, and heat engines and refrigerators.

Instructor information

Instructor: Kris Poduska

E-mail: kris_at_mun.ca

Evaluation scheme

To be announced in class

Additional course material

Available through Desire2Learn (restricted access)

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