University of Technology Sydney

68412 Physics of Energy

6cp; 4hpw x 12wks
Requisite(s): (68201 Physics 2 OR 68037 Physical Modelling) AND (33290c Statistics and Mathematics for Science OR 33230 Mathematics 2)
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This subject explores the physics of systems and machinery that produce energy or that convert it from one form to another. It builds on the thermodynamics studied in introductory level subjects, and develops an understanding of fundamental scientific phenomena that underly both conventional and renewable energy systems. The topic is approached from the perspective of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics with an emphasis of developing problem-solving skills in practical applications of energy science. Energy systems and related issues are explored in pre-recorded lectures, face-to-face tutorial workshops and project-based group work. Students develop teamwork skills by completing a ‘real-world’ assignment that is framed in a workplace-relevant context.

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Spring session, City campus

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