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ME 20000 Thermodynamics I

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    BethJ.Hess, BethJ.Hess(P), CelienidLopez-Rivera, Kittell, YanChen, SatishC.Boregowda, SameerNaik, CarlR.Wassgren(P), AdamWasserman, Tim Fisher, Ardekani
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    Great Intro to the Subject

    Lots of Writing

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    • Profile picture
    May 18, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Although being a difficult and demanding course, ME 200 teaches too many real-life skills to be ignored. If one puts the required amount of time understanding the principles and looking up videos and real-life examples, he or she will be proud to say that they know something about mechanical engineering to an employer. As long as you attend help sessions to make sure you know - and I mean, seriously know - how to complete a problem, you will not be as stressed out as other students when exams come around.

    Course highlights:

    I appreciated learning about thermodynamic cycles (power, refrigeration, Carnot, Rankine) and cycle modifications. This teaches you the basic devices that you will deal with in industry, such as a turbine, throttling valve, condenser, and makes you understand how to increase efficiency of such devices/cycles. As an Aerospace student, the formulas that I learned helped me tremendously to make small-sized rockets because, for instance, the bodies of pressure vessels are similar to ones of rockets!

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Although it is important to know the formulas, as long as you familiarize yourself with the study sheet and know what each formula is used for (and with which assumptions), you will not spend too much time trying to decide which one to use. In addition, knowing how to do and complete a typical problem of every topic you learn in the class in the best skill you could need in preparation for exams and quizzes.

    • Spring 2017
    • Ardekani
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading
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    Dec 16, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I learned a lot of valuable information in this course. It was interesting, engaging, and challenging. I developed my problem solving skills and advanced my knowledge of thermodynamics.

    Course highlights:

    The highlight of this course for me was the analysis of different cycles. For example, we spent several weeks analyzing Rankine Steam cycles. This topic was highly relevant, as most power plant still utilize the Rankine cycle. Some of the other cycles that we talked about include vapor compression, diesel, Brayton, and Otto cycles.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    In order to succeed in this course you have to go beyond just memorizing the equations. You have to truly develop your problem solving skills. My best advice to understand the subject and to do well in the course is to thoroughly do the homework and really understand the problem solving methodology. On the exams they won't give you problems that you have seen before; you will have to take what you have learned and apply it to a new situation.

    • Fall 2016
    • Tim Fisher
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Great Discussions
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    Aug 13, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This course was explained to me by a mechanical engineer as a form of accounting. You figure out what you do know, then using the basic equations fill in your blanks. If you can do that, then you are golden.

    Course highlights:

    I learned that it isn't going to be as stright forward as you think if you aren't a mechanical engineer.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Do the homework and then redo the homework before the exam. Usually the porblems in the homework are really similar to those in the exam.

    • Spring 2015
    • AdamWasserman
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Go to Office Hours Lots of Writing

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