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ES 340 THERMODYNAMICS

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    SandraHarris, J.B.McLaughlin, JohnB.McLaughlin
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    Background Knowledge Expected

    A Few Big Assignments

    Always Do the Reading

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    Jul 06, 2017
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Both professors in the 'on' semester for this course are unfortunately not well suited for teaching. They are both nice guys that mean well, but they are too smart for their own good, meaning that they assume everyone is as smart as them and they almost never pause for questions. They're also quite hard to talk to outside of class due to their difficulty in communicating with others.

    Course highlights:

    This course was a bare minimum baseline course on thermodynamics, which taught different thermodynamic cycles (vapor, carnot, refrigeration, rankine, etc.).

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Take whatever time you have to read the book. It is a lifesaver.

    • Fall 2016
    • JohnB.McLaughlin
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading
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    Feb 27, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    There is no recommendation to be made because most students will not take this course unless required. It is a VERY challenging course. What's more important is to know how to succeed when taking it. There were only two midterm exams and the final. The exams were worth 25% each and the final was worth 40%, so if you didn't do well on them, it was VERY challenging to make up for it. Knowing how to study smarter, not harder is key. Don't waste your time trying to learn every little piece of the course because that is near impossible. Instead, find out what topics and pieces within those topics your professor/s find most important. They will often hint at which ones will be the big hitters on your exams if you ask.

    Course highlights:

    The curve. I ended the semester with around a 45-50% grade and ended up getting a C in the course. The professors all in all cared about the students and want you to succeed, however, because 3 different professors taught the course, and students took the same exam, I'd often find topics on exams that may have been covered by another professor, but not my own. Their were only two midterm exams and the final. The exams were worth 25% each and the final was worth 40%, so if you

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    If there is more than one professor teaching the course, and you know you're professor isn't writing the exam on their own, GO TO THE OTHER PROFESSORS. What I found was that they each wrote their own problem for the exam and so if you weren't in that professor's class for that problem, chances were you probably had not seen that topic that way or even at all before. Go to other professor's office hours to get insight and new viewpoints from them as well as your own. You can't learn this course by just going to lecture. Make friends in your class and do your assignments and studying together. Go to office hours together. A lecture is not enough time or material covered to learn it all. Be prepared to put a lot of time in to this course.

    • Fall 2015
    • J.B.McLaughlin
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Go to Office Hours A Few Big Assignments
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    Jan 30, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Super chilled guy. If you take the time to study his slides you should get an A.

    Course highlights:

    Went to his office hours and he was extraordinarily helpful.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    You can tell he cares about his students. Highly recommended!

    • Spring 2014
    • SandraHarris

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