ME 300 - Engineering Thermodynamics I

Course Description

Basic thermodynamics concepts, properties of pure substances, first and second law analysis of systems and control volumes.

M E 300 - Engineering Thermodynamics I (3): This course is designed to develop an understanding of thermodynamic concepts and their application for the student by providing an integrative modeling and analysis approach to thermal-fluids systems. The course emphasizes the integration and application of fundamental principles of mass and energy conservation and fundamental ideal gas and non-ideal working fluids concepts to fundamental engineering systems. These systems include basic spark-ignition engines and turbojet engines as well as basic and extended Rankine and refrigeration cycles. Emphasis is on creating engineering models of these systems and indicating how the idealized versions of these systems can be extended to more realistic descriptions. Besides these mass and energy conservation concepts the course introduces the basic concepts of heat transfer and mass flow, providing a foundation in these subjects to be further expanded in later courses. The course aims to develop knowledge and initiate skills for "thinking like an engineer."

Course Prerequisites

  • CHEM 110
  • Concurrent: MATH 141

Additional Information

Kulkarni, Anil



Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering



Phone: 814-865-7073



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