TEACHING

Thermodynamics (PAP219)

Course Description: Thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. Basic concepts of temperature, heat, entropy, equilibrium, reversible and irreversible processes. Applications to solids, liquids, and gases.

Prerequisite: PAP211**, PAP213*

Required Text:

  1. Zemansky, M.W. dan Dittman, 1984 : Heat and Thermodynamics, McGraw-Hill, NY.
  2. Sears, F.W. dan G.L. Salinger, 1982 : Thermodynamics, Kinetic Theory and Statistical Thermodynamics, Addison-Wesley.

Course Objectives: PAP219 is an introduction to thermodynamics and statistical physics. The material is taught from the point of view of quantum mechanics from the very beginning, but the knowledge of quantum mechanics required of the student is in fact very slight. We will cover the fundamental topics of equilibrium thermodynamics — entropy, temperature, energy, heat, reversible and irreversible processes — and see applications to some simple systems.

Topics Covered: Basic concepts of temperature, heat, entropy, equilibrium, reversible and irreversible processes. Applications to solids, liquids, and gases. Introduction of statistical physics.

Scientific Communication (PAP310)

Prerequisite: -

Required Text:

  1. Tim Akademik Fisika Unand, 2009. Buku Panduan Penulisan Tugas Akhir, Jurusan Fisika Universitas Andalas.
  2. Hofmann, A., 2013. Scientific Writing and Communication: Papers, Proposals, and Presentations, Oxford University Press.
  3. Lindsay, D., 2011. Scientific Writing = Thinking in Words. CSIRO Publishing

Course Objectives: Students will acquire tools to analyze and present quantitative data using correct cognative techniques and styles to effectively communicate scientific topics; formulate an oral and poster presentation,  prepare a written, journal-appropriate research paper and a final project proposal.

Topics Covered: Effective scientific writing (proposal, thesis and scientific journal) and effective scientific presentation.

Introduction of Atmospheric Physics (PAP343)

Official Description
A preparatory course for research in experimental and theoretical atmospheric physics. Content will vary from year to year. Themes may include techniques for remote sensing of the Earth’s atmosphere and surface; theoretical atmosphere-ocean dynamics; the physics of clouds, precipitation, and convection in the Earth’s atmosphere.

Prerequisite: PAP219*

Textbook:

1. Salby, M. L., Fundamentals of Atmospheric Physics, Academic Press, 1996.
2. Wallace, J.M. and P. V. Hobbs, Atmospheric Science: An Introductory Survey, 2nd ed., Elsevier, 2006
3. Holton, J. R. Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology, 4th ed., Academic Press, 2004.

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