ME 24-221


10 units

Instructor : Prof. Jayathi Murthy

Fall 2000
Lectures: MWF 12:30-1:20 PM PH 100
Recitation: Section A T 10:30 -11:20 AM HH B131
                  Section B Th 10:30 -11:20 AM HH B131

Thermodynamics is the branch of science and engineering that deals with energy and its transformation. It is concerned with the interactions of heat and work with the physical properties of a system under consideration. As engineers, we will apply thermodynamics to mechanical systems such as engines and refrigerators, though the principles of thermodynamics can be applied to all physical systems. Because of the truly fundamental nature of the material, it is critical for the engineer to develop a firm grounding in thermodynamics.

In the early part of the course, we will discuss techniques to model physical systems in order to analyze them using thermodynamics. These techniques are not unique to thermodynamics and you will find yourself using them in other engineering courses as well. We will identify important thermodynamical properties of a system, such as its energy
and its entropy, and consider physical laws which govern the change of these properties. We will learn to distinguish between the thermodynamic properties of a system and the agents which change its properties, such as heat and work. A detailed understanding of the first and second laws of thermodynamics will be developed. Later in the course, we will apply these laws to engineering systems such as gas and steam turbines, heat pumps and refrigerators. Through lectures, assignments, quizzes and discussions, the course will endeavour to give you a solid understanding of thermodynamics and an appreciation of its importance in our daily lives.

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