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MECH_ENG 222: Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics – I

Quarter Offered

Winter : Sec. 20 MTWF 11:00-11:50am; Sec. 21 MTWF 12:00-12:50pm ; S. Lichter
None ; S. Lichter

Prerequisites

Gen_Eng 205_3, MATH 234 concurrent

Description

Basic definitions; Zeroth Law and the meaning of temperature; the First Law applied to flow and non flow processes; the Second Law and its applications; proparties of pure substaces; equations of state, the Third Law of Thermodinamics, and intoduction to cycles.

Who Takes It

Thermodynamics concerns the foundation of all branches of physical sciences. Therefore, this is a required course for all mechanical engineering students. Also, the students of all other branches of engineering as well as chemistry take this course or one similar to it. Undergraduates usually take this course at the end of their second year or the beginning of their third year.

What It's About

isothermsThe objective of the science of thermodynamics is to describe the state of matter and its interactions with surroundings in terms of macroscopic properties such as temperature, pressure, etc. The course will introduce the fundamentals of the science of classical thermodynamics. Historical perspectives on the evolution of this field and its gradual development into a modern branch of science will be presented. The applications of the First and the Second Laws of thermodynamics to the analysis of performance and efficiency of pumps, compressors, turbines, nozzles, diffusers, and other engineering systems will be discussed.

Lectures

This course meets four times per week for 50-minute lectures.

Topics

  • Introduction to classical thermodynamics
  • First Law of Thermodynamics
  • Thermodynamic state
  • Conservation of energy for open systems
  • Entropy

Textbook

An Introduction to Thermal Physics, Daniel V. Schroeder, Addison-Wesley, 1st edition, 1999
ISBN 978-021380279

Assessment/evaluation

Assignments and evaluations methods vary by instructor and may include reports, homework, quizzes, and exams

More Advanced Study

Students interested in pursuing further study in thermodynamics can take the following course:

Contact

Professor: Seth Lichter
Email: s-lichter@northwestern.edu