This class was tough.
If you are interested in the fundamentals of how energy is used and transferred this is the course. A major topic in this course is Entropy, which is the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Entropy drives every part of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and the Universe itself. The course also dives into analysis of different types of engine cycles, HVAC and all sorts of heat driven systems.
Although the course name is ThermoDYNAMICS, a more fitting name would be ThermoSTATICS. The analysis done in this course focuses on determining the energies associated with a system at specific steady states instead of the exact heat transfer in-between the states. The principles of Thermodynamics hold true throughout other fields of science and everyday life. The reason it is easier to unloading a moving van as opposed to loading it comes down to the entropy. The reason time moves in the direction it does and how our brains are able to perceive it are also explained by entropy. This course is one of the most important courses anyone interested in science or engineering should take.
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Advice for students:
Spend more time developing understanding of the concepts and underlying science of Thermodynamics than the math required to solve the problems. If you develop and intuition of what is physically happening in the system and why then the problems will be simple to solve. Also spend time understanding what the pressure-temperature-volume tables and charts actually represent in a three dimensional space instead of focusing on the specific numbers that they contain.