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William B. Baratuci
CHEM E 260
Seattle Campus


Introduction to the basic principles of thermodynamics from a macroscopic point of view. Emphasis on the First and Second Laws and the State Principle, problem solving methodology. Prerequisite: either CHEM 140, CHEM 142, CHEM 144, or CHEM 145; either MATH 126, MATH 129, or MATH 136; PHYS 121. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

You will learn all of the concepts and techniques listed in the official course description. But the focus of this course is problem solving. So, you will spend the majority of class time solving problems in small groups with guidance from the instructor, of course.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This course will make use of Just-in-Time Teaching (JITT). You will take a short quiz covering the reading assignment BEFORE each class meeting. This is designed to reward you for reading/listening to the assignment before class. It also offers you the opportunity to tell me what you would like me to focus on in class. If nothing in the reading presented any major difficulties, we will dive right into solving some problems.

I have created an extensive bulletin board for each HW assignment in the course. I will respond to all questions posted, usually within 24 hours.

Both the instructor and the TA will hold regular office hours. In addition, the TA will will hold a virtual office hour at night in a simple chat room on the internet that is dedicated to this course. The virtual office hour will be from 8 to 9 PM the night before each homework is due.

Recommended preparation

Reliable access to the internet will be helpful in this course. The course website and email are the primary means of communication outside of class and office hours.

Class assignments and grading

Homework problem sets are your best bet for learning to solve thermodynamics problems. You are encouraged to work in groups and still do your own work. There will be 9 homework assignments and each problem set consists of 5-15 problems.

Daily JITT Quizzes, Homework, a Midterm Test and the Final Exam are the components of your grade in the course. Visit the course website for more details.

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by William B. Baratuci
Date: 03/27/2006