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Course content

Basic theoretical description of irreversible processes. The Gibb’s equation. Flows and forces. Phenomenological equations. Onsager’s reciprocity relations. Some information about Gibb’s ensemble method in statistical thermodynamics. Solid matters. Real gasses, introduction to fluid theory and to irreversible statistical mechanics by using Monte-Carlo and molecular dynamical methods.

Learning outcome

After having completed this course

  • you have a thorough knowledge of thermodynamics enabling you to read scientific literature within this field
  • you kan employ thermodynamic calculations in your own research work
  • you can compile and give a seminar about a given topic.


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.


Recommended previous knowledge

Overlapping courses

  • 6 credits overlap with KJ336
  • 4 credits overlap with KJ435


Lectures (34 hours) and Seminars (17 hours). You also have to prepare and give a seminar on a given topic. The seminar has to be approved before you can take the exam.

The first lecture is mandatory. If you are unable to join, the Expedition Office has to be informed in advance (phone 22 85 54 46, or e-mail If you fail to register as an active student for the course in either of these ways, you will loose the access to the course for the given semester.


Oral examination counts 100%. You also have to prepare and give a seminar on a given topic. The seminar has to be approved before you can take the exam.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed exam at the beginning of the next semester.

New examinations are offered at the beginning of the next semester for students who do not successfully complete the exam during the previous semester.

We do not offer a re-scheduled exam for students who withdraw during the exam.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Autumn 2012

Every fourth semester. The course may be cancelled if less than 5 students apply.


Autumn 2012

Every fourth semester.

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)