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 Course Title:   Thermodynamics

 Title Abbreviation:   THERMODYNAMICS

 Department:    ENGR&

 Course #:    224

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    140101

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

Introduction to the basic principles of thermodynamics, from a predominately macroscopic point of view. Development of the basic laws of thermodynamics, together with their illustration by application to energy transformations and state changes in engineering problems. Individual and group design projects. History of and contributions by various cultures to thermodynamics.


Prerequisite: MATH& 152 and PHYS& 242 (may be taken concurrently).

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Elective  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
U of W ENGR 260

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Satisfy transfer requirements for university engineering programs
  2. Be able to analyze closed and open systems using the laws of Thermodynamics
  3. Be able to analyze a wide variety of power and refrigeration cycles
  4. Exhibit competence in communication, teamwork and the engineering process.
  5. Be familiar with design process, working both as an individual and as part of a group
  6. Understand the history of Thermodynamics and the contributions made to it by various cultures.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

8. Mathematical Reasoning

Definition: Understanding and applying concepts of mathematics and logical reasoning in a variety of contexts, both academic and non-academic.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
8.1 Analyze problems to determine what mathematical principles apply.
8.2 Correctly apply logical reasoning and mathematical principles to solve problems.
8.3 Interpret information and reasoning expressed mathematically (for example in spreadsheets, diagrams, charts, formulas, etc.).

9. Scientific Literacy

Definition: Understanding scientific principles, and analyzing and applying scientific information in a variety of contexts.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
9.3 Analyze, apply, and communicate scientific concepts and principles in context (for example, in technological, personal, and/or professional situations).

Course Contents

  1. Basic concepts
  2. Properties of pure substances
  3. First law of Thermodynamics for closed and opern systems
  4. Second law of Thermodynamics
  5. Entropy
  6. Gas power cycles
  7. Vapor power cycles
  8. Refrigeration cycles
  9. History of Thermodynamics
  10. Integrated individual design projects
  11. Integrated group design projects
  12. Contributions by various cultures to Thermodynamics