Thermodynamics and Particle Dynamics





Offered by

Supply Engineering




BY-SCI2, CE-SCI2 or SE-SCI2 at VIA, or the topics Algebra, Differentiation, Integration, Differential equations and Particle dynamics

Main purpose

​The student will obtain knowledge of the basic theory within Particle Dynamics (2 ECTS), Basic Thermodynamics (3 ECTS) and be able to perform elementary dynamic and thermal calculations.

Furthermore, the purpose is to enable the student to read and interpret technical literature, in which mathematics, particle dynamics and thermodynamics are used.


The students will get knowledge about:
The basis of thermodynamics, ideal gases and reversible processes, the second law of thermodynamics and entropy, real substances, steam power plants, refrigeration and heat pumps systems, heat transfer/heat exchangers.

Kinematics of a particle and kinetics of a particle, steady flow of a fluid stream and work and energy.


After completing the course the student will be able to:
Analyze a particle dynamic system and/or a simple thermodynamic system and identify and select relevant theory so the student is able to perform serial mathematical calculations on variables and main capacities for the system.

Solve simple technical problems on the basis of fundamental calculus and dynamic or thermodynamic laws.

Follow simple procedures with different techniques of stating and solving dynamic or thermodynamic problems.


After completing the course the student can:
Identify which parts of the acquired knowledge and skills that´s relevant to a given simple real-world particle dynamic or thermodynamic problem.

Relate the acquired knowledge and skills to create simple mathematical models of real-world particle dynamic or thermodynamic problems.

Use their acquired skills and knowledge to study more Dynamics and Thermodynamic courses on the Supply Engineering education.

Use a commercial mathematical and other software to solve and perform serial technical calculations.


Teaching methods and study activities

​The expected total workload for the student is 137.5 hours.
The teaching will be lecturing and problem solving in class/www.
Students will prepare for class by reading sections of textbooks and solving problems initiated by the lecturer.
Homework assignment will be handed out.


• Downloads from the Intra net.
• Lauritsen/Gundtoft/Bredahl Eriksen: Thermodynamics, notes.
• Cool-Pack

The teaching is based on the student having a PC with software able to perform operations corresponding to MathCad, and that the student independently acquaints themselves with the use of this. The teaching is based on the use of MathCad.



Exam prerequisites:

Type of exam:
Individual oral exam, 20 min. with internal assessment. 
The exam is on the basis of course assignments found by lot and without preparation. 
The course assignments are selected by the examiner and communicated to the students no later than the last day of teaching on VIA's intranet.
Course assignments must be uploaded in WISEflow approx. 1 week before the exam.
If the student does not upload the course assignments in WISEflow, the student is offered to solve the course assignments during the exam. ​

Allowed tools:

Equal to the ordinary exam. 

Grading criteria

​Grading based on the Danish 7-point scale.

Additional information

​Detailed explanation of the topics:
See Appendix SE TER 1 (uploaded on intranet)


Morten Carter

Valid from

8/1/2023 12:00:00 AM

Course type

Compulsory for Supply Engineering
3. semester


Basic Thermodynamics, Particle Dynamics.