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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

Prerequisites

Gen_Eng 205_3, MATH 234 concurrent

Description

Basic definitions; the meaning of temperature; the First Law and Second Law; properties of pure substances;
equations of state, cycles, heat engines, phase change, applications.

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 classical thermodynamics. The applications of the 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

Chemical, Biochemical, and Engineering Thermodynamics, Stanley I. Sandler, Wiley, 5th edition, 2006, ISBN 978-0470504796

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