This course introduces the concept of energy and the laws governing the transfers and transformations of energy. Study emphasizes thermodynamic properties as well as First and Second Law analyses of closed systems and control volumes. These concepts are explored in the context of engineering devices, such as turbines, compressors, and heat exchangers.  The course concludes by exploring engineering systems, such as engines, power plants, and refrigerators, which are governed by basic power and refrigeration cycles.


4 sh

Future Course Number

PHY 3100

Cross Listed Courses

EGR 310


PHY 221


MTH 252

Course Types

Science; Advanced Studies


  • Fall


Offered: fall of odd years.

Course Outcomes

  1. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:
    o Apply the basic concepts of thermodynamics (such as system, process, state, equilibrium, and energy)
    o Distinguish the properties of pure substances
    o Use property diagrams and property tables
    o Use equations of state, specific heats, internal energy, enthalpy, and other more advanced concepts to solve thermodynamic problems
    o Apply energy transfer by heat, work, and mass in the solution of thermodynamic problems involving mechanical work, non-mechanical work, and fluid flow
    o Analyze closed systems, steady-flow systems, and unsteady flow processes using the First Law of Thermodynamics
    o Analyze heat engines, refrigerators, heat pumps by applying The Second Law of Thermodynamics
    o Explain gas power, vapor cycles, refrigeration cycles, and the Carnot cycle

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