Mechanics and thermodynamics (Physic I)

Higher education teachers: Gyergyek Tomaž

Higher education teachers: , Iglič Aleš
Credits: 8
Semester: winter
Subject code: 64147

Subject description


  • Course enrollment - first year student of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana

Content (Syllabus outline):

MECHANICS: kinematics, Newton's laws, angular momentum, law of gravity, kinetic and potential energy, conservation of energy, harmonic oscillations, damped oscillations, forced oscillation, coupled oscillation, introduction to continuum mechanics, introduction to fluid mechanics (Bernoulli equation, viscosity, Poiseuille – Hagen equation), surface tension (Laplace equation, Young equation), Stokes law, quadratic friction law, mechanical waves

THERMODYNAMICS: kinetic theory of gases, first law of thermodynamics, entropy and second law of thermodynamics, thermodynamic functions, thermodynamic equilibrium of the system, heat transfer, heat engines, thermal expansion of solids and liquids

Objectives and competences:

  • To acquire a general education in technical and natural sciences.
  • To gain better understanding of theoretical and experimental methods innatural and technical sciences.

Intended learning outcomes:

Successful completion of the course will provide the students with:

  • education in fundamental mechanics and thermodynamics, preparing them for a future as problem solvers or researchers in industry and in research institutes
  • a good basic education in mechanics and thermodynamics suitable for a career in high-technology industry.

After completion of the course the students should be able to/of:

  • use the basic theoretical tools of mechanics and thermodynamics that are needed for the more specialised courses in electrical engineering,
  • application of the basic laws of mechanics and thermodynamics to solve general problems in electrical engineering,
  • solve practical problems in engineering, which prepare the students for independent research and development work in reserach institutes and in the industry,
  • solve complex interdisciplinary engineering problems, requiring a knowledge and understandingof thermodynamics and mechanics, as well as experience with analytical tools from the field of physics.

Learning and teaching methods:

  • Lectures, tutorials, demonstrative experiments during lectures and lectures o visiting professors from abroad.

Study materials

  1. Raymond A. Serway: Physics (international edition), Sounders Golden Sunburst Series, vsakokratna nova izdaja
  2. Aleš Iglič, Veronika Kralj-Iglič: Mehanika in termodinamika, Založba FE in FRI, vsakokratna nova izdaja
  3. T. Gyergyek, V. Kralj-Iglič, A. Iglič, M. Fošnarič: Vaje iz Fizike 1, Univerza v Ljubljani, Fakulteta za elektrotehniko, vsakokratna nova izdaja
  4. J. Strnad: Fizika 1. del: Mehanika, toplota, DMFA, vsakokratna nova izdaja

Study in which the course is carried out

  • 1 year - 1st cycle - Electrical Engineering