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CHEM E 260 –Thermodynamics

Autumn 2009

Catalog Data: 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. Prerequisites: either CHEM 142 or CHEM 145;
either MATH 126, MATH 129, or MATH 136; PHYS 121.

Course Objectives:
1. Introduce students to the fundamentals of engineering thermodynamics
2. Development of engineering problem solving abilities

When & Where: Lecture – 1:30-2:20pm, MWF, EEB 037

Recitation – 1:30-3:20pm, T, LOW 206
Instructor: S. Jiang, 243 Benson, 6-6509, sjiang@u.washington.edu
TA: Zhiqiang Cao, 320 Benson, 5-3627, zqcao@u.washington.edu
Office Hours: 2:30-3:30pm W & F (SJ)
2:30-4:30pm T & 2:30-3:30pm TH (ZC)
Class URL: http://courses.washington.edu/che260b/

Text: Cengel & Boles. Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach, 6th

edition, McGraw-Hill.

Grades: Homework (15%)

Test 1 (25%) and Test 2 (25%)
Final exam (35%)

Note: Homework is usually due at the beginning of the lecture period on Friday.
Late homework will not be graded. Three problems will be selected at
random from each assignment and graded.

The subjects below are discussed in Chapters 1 – 7 of the current textbook (7 weeks).
Introduction: Concepts of units and dimensions, pressure, temperature, heat,
Macroscopic Properties of Substances: P-V-T relationships for simple substances including ideal gas law
and steam tables.
First Law of Thermodynamics: Principles of first law analysis and procedure for energy analysis
for closed and open systems.
Second Law of Thermodynamics: Definition and concepts of the second law of thermodynamics in
its macroscopic form. Consequences of the second law of
thermodynamics for open and closed systems and engineering

The subjects below are discussed in Chapters 10 and 11 of the current textbook (2 weeks).
Power and Refrigeration Cycles: Vapor power, gas power, and refrigeration cycles. One cycle is
covered in depth with the remaining two being introduced.

Instructor’s Choice - To expand on previous topics or introduce a new topic (1 week).

Tentative Schedule:

Wk Topic
1 Chap 1
2 Chap 3
3 Chap 2
4 Chap 4
5 Chap 5
6 Test 1 (Chapters 1-5)
Chap 6
7 Chap 6
8 Chap 7
9 Chap 7 + Power plant tour
10 Test 2 (Chapters 6 and 7)
Chap 10
11 Chap 11
12 FINAL EXAM (Monday, Dec. 14, 2009, 1:30-4:20 pm)