Classical Mechanics and Thermodynamics with Space Applications 7.5 Credits

Klassisk mekanik och termodynamik med rymdtillämpningar
First cycle, F0002R
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2007 Sp 1 - Present
The version indicates the term and period for which this course syllabus is valid. The most recent version of the course syllabus is shown first.

Syllabus established
The course plan was accepted by the Dept of Space Science 2007-02-28 and remains valid as from H07.

Last revised
The course plan was accepted by the Dept of Space Science 2007-02-28 and remains valid as from H07.

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Space and Atmospeheric Science
Subject group (SCB)
Space Technology

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and Basic knowledge in mathematics and physics. Technical report writing in English. It is required to take courses in linear algebra, mathematical analysis, and introduction to space science.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
The aim of the course is to give the basic knowledge in classical mechanics and thermodynamics with space applications. Student should be able to formulate the physical problems as well as calculate and solve them by a number of methods within the course. En important part of the course is the practical classes that not only illuminate the physical phenomena but also train student’s skills in running the experiment and technical report writing

Part 1- Mechanics includes dimensional analysis, motion in two and three dimensions, Newtons laws and energy laws, momentum and impulse, collisions, introduction to celestial and orbital mechanics, oscillatory motion and dynamics of rigid bodies.
Part 2 – Thermodynamics includes molecular theory of gases, ideal gas, thermal systems and 1st law of thermodynamics, 2nd law of thermodynamics, entropy.

Lectures inclusive problem solving and mandatory practical classes. The practical exercises are done in a group and include written presentations in English.

Written examination, written presentation of assignments and practices. In order to pass the course it is required that all examinations and obligatory tasks are completely satisfactory. The final grade given for the course reflects the results obtained in the various components of the course.
The ECTS grading system: excellent (A), very good (B), good (C), satisfactory (D), sufficient (E), fail (F).

Level A

Transition terms

Victoria Barabash

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2007 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
P. Fishbane, S. Gasiorowicz, S. Thornton, Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Vol.1, 3rd edition, Addison-Wesley, 2005. ISBN 0-13-141883-1
or the course literature below that also covers the course F0001R:
P. Fishbane, S. Gasiorowicz, S. Thornton, Physics for Scientists and Engineers (Ch. 1-40), 3rd edition, Addison-Wesley, 2005. ISBN-10: 0131420941

Course offered by
Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering

0001Written exam4.5G U 3 4 5
0002Laboratory work3.0G U 3 4 5