NS2011: Energy in Physics and Chemistry


Dynamics and Thermodynamics in Physics and Chemistry

Credits: 15

Length: 5 weeks

Module Synopsis:

Collectively the properties of a system of a large number of particles are governed by thermodynamics. This brings together physics, chemistry and biology under the unifying theme of the first law (conservation of energy) and second law (increase in entropy) which govern the behaviour of the systems.


You are employed by the Patents’ Office to assess the merit of patent applications. You will be provided with a batch of applications for each of which you will need to prepare a short report. 

In each case, you are asked to produce an agreed report as a group which will;

  •   Give a summary of how the device is supposed to work.
  •   State whether you believe a patent should be granted.
  •   Explain all the science required to understand the reasoning behind your decision.
  •   Explain your decision.
  •   Suggest improvements.

Learning Objectives:

  • Fluids
  • Potential Energy and the Conservation of Energy
  • Momentum
  • Swinging Pendulum
  • Gases
  • First Law of Thermodynamics
  • Second Law of Thermodynamics
  • Interference
  • Chemical Kinetics
  • Electrochemistry

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