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Mechanical Engineering: Thermodynamics

ME 1210 Z1 (CRN: 61187)

3 Credit Hours

About ME 1210 Z1

Principles of engineering thermodynamics; work, heat, and phase change; energy conservation in closed and open systems; thermodynamic cycles; entropy and the second law. Prerequisites: MATH 1248 or MATH 1242, PHYS 1500 or PHYS 1600, CHEM 1400.



Prerequisites: MATH 1248 or MATH 1242, PHYS 1500 or PHYS 1600, CHEM 1400; Meeting sessions on M,T,W,R - 9:00 - 11:45 am

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Section Description

ME 1210 3.00 Credit Hours Principles of engineering thermodynamics; Application of these principles to thermodynamic cycles. Prerequisites: Math 1248 and Physics 1500 Textbook “Thermodynamics – An Engineering Approach” Cengel & Boles, McGraw-Hill - Any Edition.

Section Expectation

Chapter Topics 1. Basic concepts in thermodynamics: systems, temperature & pressure, units 2. The First Law of Thermodynamics (Conservation of Energy), forms of energy transfer by heat and work, introduction to cycle analysis & efficiencies 3. Thermodynamic properties of pure substances: phases, change of phase, steam tables, internal energy, enthalpy, specific heat, ideal-gases, equations of state 4. Energy analysis of closed systems, expansion (moving boundary) work, enthalpies, specific heats of ideal gases, real gases, solids, and liquids 5. Mass and Energy analysis applied to open systems: steady-state vs. transient flow, 1-D approximations, applications to engineering devices 6. The Second Law of Thermodynamics: Statements of second law, irreversibilities, heat engines, refrigerators & heat pumps, Carnot cycles 7. Entropy: Concepts, Tds relations, entropy change, isentropic processes & efficiencies 9-10. An introduction to Gas & Vapor Power Systems Course Related Issues No make-up exams or quizzes will be given other than under exceptional circumstances. Documentation of such circumstances may be required in order to schedule a makeup. Alternate exam scheduling is not an option. All exams shall be administered during the scheduled time period. All questions related to grading of homework assignments or exams must be resolved with the teaching assistant or the instructor within one week of the return of the graded item. All assignments are due at the beginning of class on the day that they are due. Please do not work on assignments during class time. Academic Integrity Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. This course shall be in accordance with the University of Vermont’s Code of Academic Integrity as defined by the Center for Student Ethics and Standards. Course Pedagogy Importance of Homework: Solving thermodynamic problems is the only way to understand and master the topic. Thus, homework is an important part of this class. Solutions to the homework will be posted and/or given in class soon after the due date. Collaboration: You are encouraged to discuss the homework problems with classmates; however, copying someone else’s work does not facilitate learning. You are encouraged to help each other understand the concepts and problem solving techniques involved. There is a clear distinction between discussing work and copying someone else’s work. If you simply copy what someone else has done, you are not increasing your understanding of the material. It is very easy to recognize copying. Presentation: Sloppy, untidy submission of work will be penalized for two main reasons. First, it is not the responsibility of the grader to attempt to decipher your solution because it is either hardly readable or disorganized. Second, as a professional engineer, it is important that you learn to communicate your work in the most professional manner possible. This includes the presentation of plots, charts, graphs, figures, equations, and short essays. Website: The UVM blackboard will be used primarily for posting assignments, solutions, and information communicated to the class via UVM’s email system. “An instrument too often overlooked in our technical world is a human eye connected to the brain of an intelligent human being.” – Ralph Peck, PhD, National Medal of Science


Evaluation 30% Examination I 30% Examination II 30% Examination III 10% Attendance & Participation

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