Pretty easy, overall.
Course Overview:
The reason why I would recommend this course to someone is because this class is one of those that is difficult to grasp the concepts taught in it, and it is a branch of Physics. However, if you were to take it with Professor Yeow, you'l not only get an 'A,' but you'll also be able to learn the concepts and will be able to perform well on the exams and quizzes. Yeow makes this class very interesting and sometimes relates what he's teaching to real life applications. I would totally recommend this class taught by Yeow to someone who wants to get an 'A' and learn Thermodynamics.
Course highlights:
I don't know from where to begin! I've learned how to use and interpret the graphs that are provided in the end of the textbook, and plot P-v T-v, and P-T diagrams. I've learned the fundamental principles of the closed system (anything that you are studying, it can be an engine, a cup of coffee, or even a power plant!), and calculate the work or heat transfer that takes place during a process. I've learned what tables to look up if I'm given a certain kind of substance in a problem. There are 3 kinds, Compressible, In compressible, and Ideal Gas. I've learned the 1st Law of Thermodynamics for a closed system, which is deltaE=Q-W. This equation is extremely important for all closed systems. Finally, the difference between an open system and a closed system is that an open system allows mass to enter and exit but a closed system does not. Remember, mass does not only has to be something that we can see such as fuel, water, an ice cube, but even a vapor is considered mass!
Hours per week:
3-5 hours
Advice for students:
The advice I'll give to students is to do their homework and review class notes and quizzes. If they practice these, then I don't know how they would not perform well.