Thermal Physics Unit T1 The First Law of Thermodynamics
Overview: This unit is the first in a series on Thermal Physics. It begins with a discussion of temperature and temperature scales and then procedes to thermodynamic variables and their relationship to temperature. It discusses the diffferent kind of transformations and specific heats, and finally introduces the relation between work and energy and the first law and some applications of this law.
F. W. Sears and G. L. Salinger, Thermodynamics, Kinetic Theory, and Statistical Thermodynamics (S&S) Chapt. 1 -Fundamental Concepts; Chapt. 2 - Equations of State; Chapt. 3 - The First Law of Themrodynamics; Chapt. 4 - Some Consequences of the First Law, but excluding Sections 2.9,2.10,3.3,3-5,3.12,3.13,3.14.
Comment: There is over one hundred pages to go through here, but note that some sections can be excluded. Try to get a feeling for the spirit of thermodynamics which describes complicated systems in terms of only a few macroscopic variables such a temperature, pressure and volume.
After completing this unit you should understand:
Question: Describe qualitatively how the first law of thermodynamics can be applied to:
Chapt. 2: Problems 11,21; Chapt. 3, Problems 1,14,27; Chapt. 4, Problems 1,11,22.