24154 Thermodynamics

Course Description

This course provides a detailed treatment of the principles of thermodynamics.

Topics include: Basic concepts and definitions, the First law of thermodynamics, state postulates and some property relations, physics properties of a pure substance, control-volume Energy analysis, a microscopic view point of the second law, some consequences of the second law.

Learning Objective

  • 1. Be familiar the development of thermodynamics paralleled the development of the atomic theory of matter
  • 2. Understand that the situations in which the temperature or state (solid, liquid, gas) of a system changes due to energy transfers.
  • 3. differentiate between the caloric and kinetic theories of heat as they existed in the eighteenth century
  • 4. relate temperature to the direction of net thermal energy transfer
  • 5. identify physical properties which vary with temperature and may be used as the basis for measuring temperature
  • 6. relate the use of a thermometer to its design(thermal equilibrium)
  • 7. Be familiar with the heat engines interms of their work and their efficiency



Books for this Course

  • Thermodynamics, Kenneth Wark, 3rd edition

Times Offered

  • September 2015
  • January 2016

Course Prerequisite