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ES 313 Thermodynamics

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    Batson, Dr. Koch, Dr. Batson
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    Great Intro to the Subject

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    • Profile picture
    Jan 12, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    If you are taking thermo with Dr. Batson he teaches by giving the lectures online (each lecture is about 1hr long) and then a list of practice problems for the week. If you work through all the practice probs and understand them, then you will do fine. His quizes and tests are pretty much just revised practice probs.

    Course highlights:

    I really appreciated this course because it really dug deep into the material and it challenged me to actually sit down, study, and learn the material. Also, on a personal note, it was a really neat experience to be able to tie different things I learned in this class to my past interships.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Do not fall behind. I cannot stress this enough. This course is culumative and the stuff you learn later on in the course will almost always build off material you learned early on. Also, don't be afraid to ask the profs for help. They are really understanding and want to see you succeed.

    • Winter 2016
    • Dr. Batson
    • Yes
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    May 27, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Dr. Koch wants to challenge his students, but he also understands that the material is incredibly tough for students seeing it for the first time. It was my observation that he is more than willing to put forward his own extra effort to ensure that all the students are on the same page and are prepared to progress to newer material.

    Course highlights:

    Thermodynamics sounds like a very difficult course; in some cases, it is very hard! The trick is to not overthink it. In the words of Dr. Batson (another professor at Trine), "Thermodynamics is a lot like feeding pigs: What goes in, is stored as fat. What isn't stored as fat is why pigs stink so badly." Energy or Mass Balance is just that- Make sure all the energy or mass is accounted for! Dr. Koch explains that the bulk of the work can be summarized in the following acronyms: COM - Conservation of Mass COE - Conservation of Energy VOS - Variables of State EOS - Equations of State

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Study, Study, Study. This is a core class for a reason. Most of the courses following this one use a majority of the lessons taught here.

    • Spring 2013
    • Dr. Koch
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours
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    May 20, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This course is very difficult but teaches students a vast amount in one semester. This class makes students work very hard to maintain a passing grade. After taking this class, I am very satisfied with the difficulty level. I feel as though I have learned a large amount that I will be able to apply to my future career.

    Course highlights:

    The course covers energy and mass transfer though open and closed systems, entropy, and a wide variety of other subjects related to Thermodynamics.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    DO ALL PRACTICE PROBLEMS. Ask questions. Put in the effort outside of class. Work in groups. Make sure you understand the material for yourself.

    • Spring 2016
    • Batson
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Go to Office Hours Many Small Assignments


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