Course Details
Course Department: 
Department of Physics 
Course Code: 
PHY 134 
Course Title: 
Physics for Engineers 
Number of ECTS: 
5 
Level of Course: 
1st Cycle (Bachelor's Degree) 
Year of Study (if applicable): 
1 
Semester/Trimester when the Course Unit is Delivered: 
Fall Semester

Name of Lecturer(s): 
Constantinos Christofides 
Lectures/Week: 
2 (1.5 hours per lecture) 
Laboratories/week: 
 
Tutorials/Week: 
 
Course Purpose and Objectives: 
 To deepen the students understanding and application of concepts of Newtonian Mechanics such as energy, linear momentum and angular momentum
 To familiarize students with problem solving using differential and integral calculus basic principles
 To introduce students to basic principles/concepts of Thermodynamics
 To develop students' basic intuition in scientific methodology in Mechanics and Thermodynamics and to create the basis for the next advanced courses of their degree

Learning Outcomes: 
It is expected that the students of the course will be able to:
 To thoroughly comprehend and apply basic principles of kinematics and dynamics using appropriate mathematical tools
 To understand in depth the concepts of motion, kinetic and dynamic energy, linear and angular momentum and to use them to explain natural phenomena
 To become familiar with the definition and application of new concepts and physical quantities of Newtonian Mechanics such as relative velocity, center of mass and the principle of angular momentum conservation
 To obtain experience in understanding and solving problems of rotational dynamics of rigid bodies
 To understand the mathematical description of oscillations and mechanical waves
 To become familiar with basic concepts of thermodynamics such as heat, internal energy, heat capacity, etc., and gain experience in solving simple thermodynamic problems
 To understand the zero and first thermodynamic laws and become familiar with simple applications and problem solving using the two laws
 To be introduced into introductory concepts of kinetic gas theory

Prerequisites: 
Not Applicable 
Corequisites: 
Not Applicable 
Course Content: 
 Introduction to Thermodynamics: Temperature, Calorimetry, Thermal Equilibrium, Thermal Expansion, Heat and Heat Conduction Mechanisms
 Ideal Gases: Kinetic Gas Theory, the Ideal Gas Equation, Internal Energy, First Thermodynamic Law, Heat Capacity, Thermodynamic Processes, Diagrams PVT
 Kinematics: Instant and Average SpeedAcceleration, Examples of Motion in 2 Dimensions  Newton's Laws and Applications, Friction and Fluid Resistance, Circular Relative Motion
 Kinetic/Potential Energy, Work, Conservative and NonConservative Forces, Energy Conservation Principle
 Linear Momentum and Principle of Conservation, Elastic and Inelastic Collisions, Center of Mass
 Rotation of Rigid Bodies: Angular SpeedAcceleration, Torque, Moment of Inertia, Rolling without Slipping, Rotational Energy, Angular Momentum and Principle of Conservation
 Periodic Motion: Simple Harmonic Oscillator: Equations and Energy, Simple and Physical Pendulum
 Mechanical Waves: Mathematical Wave Description, SpeedAcceleration Wave Energy

Teaching Methodology: 
Twohour lectures containing:  Brief review of previous lecture Basic theory
 Examples of practical applications of the theory
 Discussion on the lecture, student questions
 Problem solving by the lecturer
Every week a set of (58) exercises are given to students as homework (not graded). The solutions are uploaded and selected exercises are solved in the lectures with the participation of the students.
Additional exercises are solved in tutorial hours by a teaching assistant.
Discussion on questions about theory/exercises at office hours or other hours upon consultation with the lecturer.

Bibliography: 
Main textbook:  University Physics with Modern Physics, Volume A: Mechanics Thermodynamics, H.D. Young, Παπαζήση, (Greek Translation)
Additional Bibliography:  Physics, Volume A, MechanicsWavesThermodynamics HalidayResnick Walker, Gutenberg, (Greek Translation)
 Physics for Scientists and Engineers, SerwayJewett, Κλειδάριθμος, (Greek Translation)

Assessment: 
 1st Midterm Exam (1/3 of the course content), 25% of the final grade
 2nd Midterm Exam, (1/3 of the course content), 25% of the final grade
 Final Exam, (all course content), 50% of the final grade

Language of Instruction: 
Greek

Delivery Mode: 
FaceToFace 
Work Placement(s): 
Not Applicable 
