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IME 2830 - Thermodynamics

Catalog Description:

Fundamentals of thermodynamics, first and second law for open and closed systems, basics of heat transfer. Laboratory practices on thermodynamic system behavior.

Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisites: PHYS 1130/1140; and one of the following: (MATH 1220 or MATH 1700 or MATH 2000).

Credits: 2 hours

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (1 - 3)

Prerequisites by Topic:

  • Basic understanding of mechanics and heat - PHYS 1130 and PHYS 1140
  • Basic understanding of exponential function, differential and integral calculus - MATH 1220 or MATH 1700 or MATH 2000

Course Objectives, Performance Criteria, and Outcomes:

Course Objectives

ABET-TAC Outcomes2


Performance Criteria Measured1

Understanding of ideal gas law and its application in solving problems of thermodynamics systems. a  


Understanding of concepts of first and second laws of thermodynamics and their application in function of modern thermodynamic systems. a*  

A4: Understands the use of scientific principles in engineering systems.

Ability to utilize tables and charts of thermodynamic properties to solve problems. b*  

B3: Uses appropriate engineering, science, and mathematical tools for decision making (OR, statics, materials).

Understanding of modes of heat transfer and their application in function of thermodynamic systems. a    
Understanding of thermal efficiency of a thermodynamic system and its importance in engineering applications. a    
Able to measure properties in a system and verify corresponding thermodynamic principles. b    

Performance Criteria1: IME performance criteria may be found at

ABET-TAC Outcomes2: Outcomes may be found at

*results tracked in ABET course notebooks


Granet and Bluestein, Thermodynamics and heat power, 7th Edition, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2004.


Cengel, Y. and Boles, M.; Thermodynamics An Engineering Approach; McGraw Hill Companies, 2011.

Course Coordinator:

Alamgir Choudhury
Western Michigan University
F-222 Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336
Phone: 276-3357

Revision Date: Summer 2011


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