Thermodynamics and Matter - PHYS3230

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 4 15 (7.5) George Dobre checkmark-circle


This module develops the principles of mechanics to describe mechanical properties of liquids and solids. It also introduces the principles of thermodynamics and uses them to describe properties of gases. The module also introduces the modern description of atoms and molecules based on quantum mechanics.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 30
Private Study Hours: 120
Total Study Hours: 150


This is not available as an elective module choice.

Method of assessment

Problem Set 1 (4 hours) - 10%
Problem Set 2 (4 hours) - 10%
Examination (2 hours) - 80%

Indicative reading

Tipler, P. and Mosca, G. (2008) Physics for Scientists and Engineers (6th Ed.); Palgrave Macmillan

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the laws of physics for properties of matter and thermodynamics.
2 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of physical quantities, their units, and typical values, for properties of matter and thermodynamics.
3 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of
4 Formulate and solve problems in properties of matter and thermodynamics.
5 Quantitatively describe and predict properties of matter and thermodynamics phenomena using mathematics.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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