Thermodynamics for Engineering Students

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What is Thermodynamics?

Thermo is the branch of physics that deals with temperature and pressure and how they are related to work and energy. Thermodynamics applies to a wide variety of applications such as combustion engines, heating and air conditioning systems, and jet propulsion, along with many, many others.


Who should enroll in this course?

  • Engineering students wanting to get a head start on an upcoming Thermo course

  • Students currently taking Thermo who need extra examples and explanations

  • Students and professionals who are preparing to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam

  • Anyone with an interest in learning about work and energy


How's this course different from the other online Thermo courses? Why should I enroll in this course?

This course covers all the topics needed to gain an understanding of the basics of thermodynamics. We will cover:

  • Pressure and temperature

  • Work and energy of closed systems

  • Steam Tables

  • Enthalpy

  • Compressibility charts

  • Ideal gas model

  • Mass flow rates

  • Work and energy of control volumes

  • Thermodynamic efficiencies

  • Entropy

  • And more!

What sets this course apart from others is the number of worked examples. Being an instructor of Thermodynamics for many years, I understand the need for examples. So many instructors simply show a solution to a problem or only solve it halfway and just assume the student knows how to finish it.

This used to be one of my biggest frustrations as a student so I can relate when I hear today's students complain about this. To prevent this frustration, this course has many, many fully-worked example problems in a range of difficulty levels. I also don't assume you know more than you do. We start with the basics and work our way up to more complex material.

Now, what good is learning material if you can't check your understanding, right? To assist with this, quiz problems are provided throughout the course. To check your work, video solutions of each quiz are provided.

In addition, the outline of the notes I use in the videos is provided as a downloadable file to help you follow along during the course.


Will the material taught prepare me for other courses?

The relationships between pressure, temperature, density, work and energy are fundamental to so many areas. As such, this course will prepare you for more advanced topics like

  • Combustion

  • Heat transfer

  • Fluid mechanics

  • Propulsion

  • Aerodynamics

  • And many others


How's the course structured and what prior knowledge is needed? Do I need a book?

You will have handwritten lectures followed by fully worked examples. There are NO PowerPoint slides used in this course. From my experience students learn best when following along and writing the notes versus just listening to someone talk while staring at a bunch of slides. And of course, throughout the class you will have the opportunity to test your knowledge using quizzes.

The examples we cover do use basic concepts from Calculus such as derivatives and integrals. In order to understand the material and examples you should know these concepts.

As for the textbook, I will be using the 8th Edition of Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics by Moran, Shapiro, Boettner, and Bailey. ISBN: 978-1118412930. Although not required, this book is a great resource and I strongly encourage you to get a copy for yourself. We will be covering the first 6 chapters of this text.

What are you waiting for? There's no better time than now to get started. Enroll today!

Who this course is for:

  • Beginner engineering students. This course is equivalent to an introductory Thermodynamics course.
  • Anyone interested in learning about the relationships between pressure, temperature, and fluid flow
  • Steam tables, entropy, enthalpy and more! Requirements Be able to use dervatives and integrals from Calculus Be able to draw free body diagrams of simple systems Description What is Thermodynamics? Thermo is the branch of physics that deals with temperature and pressure and how they are related to work and energy. Thermodynamics applies to a wide variety of applications such as combustion engines, heating and air conditioning systems, and jet propulsion, along with many, many others. Who should enroll in this course? Engineering students wanting to get a head start on an upcoming Thermo course Students currently taking Thermo who need extra examples and explanations Students and professionals who are preparing to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Anyone with an interest in learning about work and energy How's this course different from the other online Thermo courses? Why should I enroll in this course? This course covers all the topics needed to gain an understanding of the basics of thermodynamics. We will cover: Pressure and temperature Work and energy of closed systems Steam Tables Enthalpy Compressibility charts Ideal gas model Mass flow rates Work and energy of control volumes Thermodynamic efficiencies Entropy And more! What sets this course apart from others is the number of worked examples. Being an instructor of Thermodynamics for many years, I understand the need for examples. So many instructors simply show a solution to a problem or only solve it halfway and just assume the student knows how to finish it. This used to be one of my biggest frustrations as a student so I can relate when I hear today's students complain about this. To prevent this frustration, this course has many, many fully-worked example problems in a range of difficulty levels. I also don't assume you know more than you do. We start with the basics and work our way up to more complex material. Now, what good is learning material if you can't check your understanding, right? To assist with this, quiz problems are provided throughout the course. To check your work, video solutions of each quiz are provided. In addition, the outline of the notes I use in the videos is provided as a downloadable file to help you follow along during the course. Will the material taught prepare me for other courses? The relationships between pressure, temperature, density, work and energy are fundamental to so many areas. As such, this course will prepare you for more advanced topics like Combustion Heat transfer Fluid mechanics Propulsion Aerodynamics And many others How's the course structured and what prior knowledge is needed? Do I need a book? You will have handwritten lectures followed by fully worked examples. There are NO PowerPoint slides used in this course. From my experience students learn best when following along and writing the notes versus just listening to someone talk while staring at a bunch of slides. And of course, throughout the class you will have the opportunity to test your knowledge using quizzes. The examples we cover do use basic concepts from Calculus such as derivatives and integrals. In order to understand the material and examples you should know these concepts. As for the textbook, I will be using the 8th Edition of Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics by Moran, Shapiro, Boettner, and Bailey. ISBN: 978-1118412930. Although not required, this book is a great resource and I strongly encourage you to get a copy for yourself. We will be covering the first 6 chapters of this text. What are you waiting for? There's no better time than now to get started. Enroll today! Who this course is for: Beginner engineering students. This course is equivalent to an introductory Thermodynamics course. Anyone interested in learning about the relationships between pressure, temperature, and fluid flow Show more Show less Course content 6 sections • 93 lectures • 19h 19m total length Expand all sections Chapter 1 - Introduction 9 lectures • 1hr 20min Welcome Video Preview 04:18 1.1 Introduction and Downloadable Files 14:38 1.2 Units and Examples 08:05 1.3 Specific Volume and Pressure 07:35 1.4 Pressure Devices and Gage Pressure Preview 12:49 Quiz 1 07:31 1.5 Temperature 06:42 1.6 Example 2 and Example 3 14:23 Quiz 1 Version 2 03:36 Chapter 2 - Work and Energy 17 lectures • 3hr 23min 2.1 Kinetic and Potential Energy Preview 13:11 2.2 Example 4 Preview 08:32 2.3 Understanding Work 11:38 2.4 Example 5 11:30 2.5 Example 6 Preview 14:21 Quiz 2 Version 1 07:38 Quiz 2 Version 2 07:11 2.6 Heat Transfer 09:42 2.7 Energy Balance 08:35 2.8 Example 7 14:50 2.9 Example 8 16:50 Quiz 3 Version 1 10:17 Quiz 3 Version 2 09:54 2.10 Cycles 19:29 2.11 Example 9 21:22 Quiz 4 Version 1 12:12 Quiz 4 Version 2 05:29 Chapter 3 - Evaluating Properties 21 lectures • 4hr 38min 3.1 Evaluating Properties 14:10 3.2 Phase Change 25:21 3.3 Intro to Steam Tables and Linear Interpolation 15:47 3.4 Steam Tables and Quality 13:04 3.5 Example 10 18:45 3.6 Example 11 12:55 3.7 Example 12 Preview 15:44 3.8 Example 13 07:42 Quiz 5 Version 1 13:28 Quiz 5 Version 2 05:49 3.9 Enthalpy and Specific Heat 09:33 3.10 Example 14 18:44 3.11 Property Approximation 10:57 3.12 Compressibility Chart, Ideal Gas and Example 15 18:04 3.13 Ideal Gas 07:21 3.14 Example 16 13:01 3.15 Example 17 13:53 3.16 Polytropic Process and Ideal Gas 03:43 3.17 Example 18 20:33 Quiz 6 Version 1 08:23 Quiz 6 Version 2 11:21 Chapter 4 - Control Volume Analysis 20 lectures • 4hr 38min 4.1 Conservation of Mass 13:43 4.2 Example 19 06:46 4.3 Example 20 07:51 4.4 Example 21 19:14 Quiz 7 Version 1 07:30 Quiz 7 Version 2 08:12 4.5 Conservation of Energy and Steady State Preview 21:26 4.6 Example 22 13:24 Quiz 8 Version 2 14:40 4.7 Example 23 16:14 4.8 Nozzles and Diffusers 07:05 4.9 Example 24 14:25 4.10 Turbines and Example 25 16:28 Quiz 8 Version 1 15:16 Quiz 8 Version 3 11:05 4.11 Compressors, Pumps, and Example 26 13:25 4.12 Heat Exchanger and Example 27 24:42 Quiz 8 Version 4 13:05 4.13 Throttling Device and Example 28 11:12 4.14 Example 29 22:32 Chapter 5 - Second Law of Thermodynamics 12 lectures • 2hr 32min 5.1 Intro to 2nd Law of Thermo 15:49 5.2 2nd Law of Thermo with Cycles 11:06 Quiz 9 Version 1 06:41 Quiz 9 Version 2 07:08 5.3 Max Performance Equations 05:26 5.4 Example 30 09:45 5.5 Example 31 08:45 5.6 Carnot Cycle 20:01 5.7 Example 32 Part 1 42:05 5.8 Example 32 Part 2 06:04 Quiz 10 Version 1 06:27 5.9 Clausius Inequality and Example 33 12:48 Chapter 6 - Entropy 14 lectures • 2hr 49min 6.1 Intro to Entropy 16:10 6.2 Intro to Entropy Part 2 17:23 6.3 Example 34 10:26 6.4 Example 35 10:16 6.5 Entropy Change in Closed Systems 05:18 6.6 Example 36 10:58 6.7 Entropy Balance of Closed Systems 07:59 6.8 Example 37 15:15 Quiz 11 Version 1 08:10 6.9 Entropy and Control Volumes and Example 38 31:35 Quiz 11 Version 2 13:13 6.10 Isentropic Process 05:58 6.11 Example 39 09:21 Quiz 11 Version 3 06:28 Instructor Cherish Qualls, PhD Professional Engineer and University Professor 4.6 Instructor Rating 2,297 Reviews 9,200 Students 15 Courses Hi! 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