Course Descriptions
MECH_ENG 322: Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics – II

Quarter Offered

Spring : MWF 10:00 am ; S. Lichter


ME 220


processesElementary classical thermodynamics, applications of the first law and the second laws of thermodynamics to power and refrigeration cycles, mixtures and solutions, thermodynamic relations, chemical reactions, and phase and chemical equilibrium.

Who Takes It

Thermodynamics concerns the foundation of all branches of physical sciences. Therefore, this course is highly recommended to all mechanical engineering students. Also, students in chemical and biomedical engineering will benefit by taking this course or one similar to it. Undergraduates usually take this course at the beginning of their third or fourth year.

What It's About

Power generation/consumption is an indispensable element of almost all engineering systems. Ecological considerations such as global warming and air pollution impose ever more stringent environmental constraints on power generation and propulsion systems. This course concerns the applications of the laws of classical thermodynamics to the analysis of performance and efficiency of engineering systems such as Rankine, Otto, Diesel, Brayton, Ericcson, and Stirling cycles. The fundamental thermodynamic relations are examined and applied to describe ideal and non-ideal mixtures. The applications of the laws of thermodynamics to chemically reactive systems, the concept of adiabatic flame temperature, as well as chemical and phase equilibrium are discussed.


The course meets four days per week for 50-minute lectures. Topics include:

  • Availability analysis
  • Vapor and gas cycles
  • Thermodynamic relations
  • Reactive mixtures and chemical and phase equilibrium


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


Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics, 4th Edition, by M. J. Moran and H. N. Shapiro, Wiley 1998.