Physics

(Course code: 206Y, Course outline)

Semester:  A Teaching Credits:  3 ECTS Credits: 5 Type:

Compulsory

Prerequisite Courses:  – Course type: General background Instructor:  Christos Matsoukas
  • Description of basic principles of Physics, related to environmental science
  • The significance of the scientific method as a methodology for understanding the physical world is underlined
  • Analysis of physical (mostly thermodynamical) processes on which phenomena examined in more advanced courses are based
  • Examination of analytical tools and their application on Physics problems
Topics per Week:
  1. Scientific method, Environmental science, Electrical nature of matter
  2. Atom structure, Nucleus, Mass spectrometer
  3. Radioactivity, Half-life, Nuclear reactions
  4. Black body, Photoelectric phenomenon, Gas emission spectra
  5. Bohr’s atom, Wave-particle duality, Heisenberg uncertainty principle
  6. Atomic orbitals, Temperature, Heat, Heat transfer
  7. Phase changes, Thermal expansion, Equation of gas state
  8. First law of thermodynamics, P-V diagrams, Kinetic theory
  9. Equipartition theorem, Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution
  10. Second law of thermodynamics, Carnot engine, Entropy
  11. T-S diagrams, Lorentz transformations, Length contraction
  12. Time dilation, Relativity of simultaneity, Relativistic mass
  13. Addition of relativistic velocities, General theory of relativity
Theory – Lectures
(hours / week)
:
 4
Exercises – Laboratories
(hours / week)
:
 –
Other Activities:  –
Grading:
  • Compulsory weekly quizzes on moodle (30% of the grade)
  • Final examination on moodle (70% of the grade)
Notes:

Basic Textbook:
  • G. Paul Hewitt, (2009), The concepts of Physics, University Editions of Crete, Crete
  • Raymond A. Serway, Translated by L.K. Resvanis, (1991), Physics for Scientists & Engineers, Vol. ΙΙΙ: Thermodynamics, Wave optics and Vol. ΙV: Modern physics, L.K. Resvanis, Athens
  • H. D. Young and R. A. Friedman, (2012), University Physics with Modern Physics, Volume III: Thermodynamics and Modern Physics, Papazisi Editions, Athens
Bibliography:
  • D. Young and R. A. Friedman, (2012), University Physics with Modern Physics, Volume III: Thermodynamics and Modern Physics, in Greek, Papazisi Editions, Athens
  • Paul Hewitt, (2009), The concepts of Physics, in Greek, University Editions of Crete, Crete
  • Wolfson, (2019), Essential University Physics, in Greek, Kritiki Editions, Athens
Language:

Greek

Internet Links:

http://moodle.aegean.gr/