Mechanics and heat (Physic I)

Higher education teachers: Gyergyek Tomaž

Higher education teachers: , Iglič Aleš
Credits: 7
Semester: winter
Subject code: 64706

Subject description


  • course enrollment - first year student of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana

Content (Syllabus outline):

  • MECHANICS: kinematics, Newton's laws, angular momentum, law of gravity, kinetic and potential energy, conservation of energy, harmonic oscillations, damped oscillations, forced oscillation, coupled oscillation, introduction to continuum mechanics, introduction to fluid mechanics (Bernoulli equation, viscosity, Poiseuille – Hagen equation), surface tension (Laplace equation, Young equation), Stokes law, quadratic friction law, mechanical waves
  • THERMODYNAMICS: kinetic theory of gases, first law of thermodynamics, entropy and second law of thermodynamics, thermodynamic functions, thermodynamic equilibrium of the system, heat transfer, heat engines, thermal expansion of solids and liquids

Objectives and competences:

  • to acquire a general education in technical and natural sciences
  • to gain better understanding of theoretical and experimental methods in natural and technical sciences

Intended learning outcomes:

Successful completion of the course will provide the students with:

  • education in fundamental mechanics and thermodynamics, preparing them for a future as problem solvers in industry,
  • a good basic education suitable for a career in electrical engineering industry.

After completion of the course the students should be able to/of:

  • use the basic theoretical tools of mechanics and thermodynamics that are needed for the more specialised courses in electrical engineering,
  • application of the basic laws of mechanics and thermodynamics to solve general problems in electrical engineering,
  • solve practical problems, which prepare the students for independent development work in the industry,
  • solveinterdisciplinary engineering problems, requiring a knowledge and understandingof thermodynamics and mechanics, as well as experience with analytical tools.

Learning and teaching methods:

  • Lectures,
  • tutorials,
  • demonstrative experiments during lectures and
  • lectures of visiting professors from abroad.

Study materials


  1. R. A. Serway: Physics, Sounders Golden Sunburst Series, vsakokratna nova izdaja

Study in which the course is carried out

  • 1 year - 1st cycle - Applied Electrical Engineering