Russ College of Engineering and Technology

Mechanical Engineering Department

ME321: Introduction to Thermodynamics - Winter 2012 Calendar

Class # 7908, Urieli, Academic & Research Center 221, 12:10 - 1:00 p.m., Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Friday

Course objective: to develop: (1) an understanding of thermodynamic properties, (2) a capacity for analyzing energy transfers to and from thermodynamic systems, and (3) insight regarding the maximum possible performance of thermodynamic systems.

Course textbook: No textbook required. A completely self-contained web learning resource has been provided by your instructor Engineering Thermodynamics - a Graphical Approach including a Property Tables Supplement. This includes material for both ME321 and Applied Thermo ME328.

Web resource: This course is associated with the Blackboard 9 system which OU is currently using. The course does have an independent website which includes the course calendar, take-home quiz information, and web learning resource, all of which have been seemlessly integrated into Bb9 which is used mainly in order to promote email communication between students, TA and instructor, and online grades.

Syllabus: Part 1 of the web learning resource Engineering Thermodynamics - a Graphical Approach which includes Chapters 1 through 6.

Required Course Outcomes:

[ABET-e] OU ME graduates will demonstrate an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
In order to demonstrate achievement of the technical skills - problem solving (ABET-e) outcome, OU ME graduates will demonstrate

  • e.3) An ability to solve common engineering problems, including problems involving
    • c. Application of the first law of thermodynamics to the analysis of energy components and systems including at least one of the following [PI, Mastery; ME321]
      • 1. Ideal Stirling and air standard power cycles
      • 2. Steam power plant components and systems
      • 3. Refrigeration and heat pump components and systems
    • n. The application of the second law of thermodynamics to the analysis of energy components including [Competence; ME321]
      • 1. Steam and gas turbines
      • 2. Compressors and pumps

Attendance policy: Attendance at the lectures is not compulsory, however if you do attend classes you should remain for the entire class period or not at all. If you need to leave a class early then let the instructor know beforehand. Please do not come late for class, and please turn off all cellphones before entering the classroom.

Grading policy:
Six in-house quizzes, two take-home quizzes - 800 points
Endterm test - 200 points (Total 1000 points)
Note: 1. All take-home quizzes must be your own uncollaborated work and must be submitted by the beginning of the following class period, else they will not be graded.
2. The letter grade will follow the standard procedure of A {900 - 1000}, B{800 - 899}, C {700 - 799}, D {600 - 699}, F {<600}. These are modified by - and +, depending on the value in the range, thus C- {700 - 729}, C {730 - 769}, and C+ (770 - 799}.

Exercises: Students are encouraged to review all examples and attempt all of the problems presented in the web learning resource.. Note that all the quizzes and exams will rely heavily on the fact that you have done and have understood the exercises. Thermodynamics is one of those 'learn-by-doing' types of courses, and you will find that you will need keep up with the exercises in order to understand.

Academic dishonesty: Plagiarism will not be tolerated and will result in an F grade for the course.

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Israel Urieli -- Room 265 Stocker Center, phone 593-1560, email:
Office Hours: 11:00 - 12:00 p.m. Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Friday. Otherwise email me to make an appointment.

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