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David G. Castner
CHEM E 260
Seattle Campus

Thermodynamics

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

Introduction to Thermodynamics, Properties of Substances, First Law of Thermodynamics (Open and Closed Systems), Principles of Energy Analysis, Second Law of Thermodynamics, Entropy, Power Cycles, and Refrigeration. The textbook readings for these topics will include all of chapters 1-7 plus portions of chapters 9-11 (9-1 to 9-3; 10-1 to 10-6; 11-1 to 11-6).

Student learning goals

An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.

An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.

General method of instruction

Lectures and recitation sessions

Recommended preparation

Either CHEM 142 or CHEM 145; either MATH 126, MATH 129, or MATH 136; and PHYS 121

Class assignments and grading

Topics covered are all of chapters 1-7 plus portions of chapters 9-11 (9-1 to 9-3; 10-1 to 10-6; 11-1 to 11-6) in the textbook. Grades will be based on a combination of homework problems, quizzes and exams (2 mid-term exams and 1 final exam).

The course is graded on the curve. Average class grade is targeted to around 2.8


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Last Update by David G. Castner
Date: 01/05/2009