Thermodynamics PLAS.2470

Course Description

The laws of thermodynamics govern the transformation of energy in the form of work, heat, light, and chemical potential. This course introduces the concepts of system definition, pure substance properties, phase behavior and engine cycles. The laws are used to determine equilibrium states of systems and directionality of energy transformation. It concludes with a discussion of introductory level polymer thermodynamics.  


homework (20%) + 2 in-class midterms (25% each) + final exam (30%) = 100%



At the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Understand and apply the 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics.
  • Apply knowledge of math, science and engineering to solve thermodynamics problems.
  • Design a system, component or process in accordance with equilibrium and efficiency concepts.
  • Identify, formulate and solve thermodynamics engineering problems.
  • Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  • Use the techniques, skills, and engineering tools necessary for modern engineering practice.