034035 Thermodynamics 1

Mechanical Engineering

034035 – Thermodynamics 1

Spring Semester, 2016

(4 credits)



The course is designed as an introductory exposition to engineering thermodynamics. It is typically part of an engineering curriculum taken by students in disciplines such as, mechanical, aerospace, chemical biomedical and materials engineering. It will meet weekly for 3 hours of lectures and 2 hours of recitations.

The course covers concepts including heat, work and energy. The first and second laws of thermodynamics are introduced for systems and control volumes. Engineering applications include power and refrigeration cycles, and humid air. The course is augmented by a wide range of engineering problems and examples.


104003 – Calculus 1 or equivalent.


Professor Chaim Gutfinger, gutfinge@technion.ac.il, http://meeng.technion.ac.il/Chaim_Gutfinger.htm

Office: Lady Davis, Room 501, 972-4-829-2089.

Office hours: TBA, and by appointment.

Teaching Assistant






Required: A. Shavit and C. Gutfinger, “Thermodynamics – From Concepts to Applications,”
2nd Edition, 649 pp., CRC Press, Division of Taylor & Francis, 2009.

Course Objectives

  • Students will learn theory and applications of engineering thermodynamics.
  • Students will be expected to formulate and solve problems of engineering thermodynamics.


Course Topics

Week # Course Topics Chapter in book
 1  Introduction, basic definitions, equilibrium  1,2
 2  Work, First law, energy, heat, Zeroth law, temperature  3
 3  State principle, simple systems, pure substance, steam tables  4
 4  Ideal gas  5
 5  Control volume  6
 6  Heat engines, efficiency, Second law, reversibility  7
 7  Clausius inequality, entropy  8
 8  Thermodynamic temperature  9
 9  Entropy applications 9
 10  Steam work cycles – power stations  11
 11  Gas work cycles – gas turbine  11
 12  Refrigeration cycles – refrigerators and air conditioners  11
 13  Ideal gas mixtures, humid air  12


Course Expectations & Grading

Homework – 10%:

12 homework assignments will be given over the course of the semester. The grade will be based on 10 best assignments.

Midterm Quiz – 30%

Final Exam – 60%

Key Dates

The midterm quiz will be given during the 7th week of the semester.

The final exam will be scheduled at the end of the semester.


Assignments & Readings

12 Homework assignments will be given over the course of the semester.

The reading assignments are listed above in the last column of the Course Topics table.



The strength of the university depends on academic and personal integrity. In this course, you must be honest and truthful. Ethical violations include cheating on exams, plagiarism, reuse of assignments, improper use of the Internet and electronic devices, unauthorized collaboration, alteration of graded assignments, forgery and falsification, lying, facilitating academic dishonesty, and unfair competition.


ABET Outcomes

  • Ability to apply mathematics, science and engineering principles (a).
  • Ability to design and conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data (b).
  • Ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs (c).
  • Ability to function on multidisciplinary teams (d).
  • Ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems (e).
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility (f).
  • Ability to communicate effectively (g).
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context (h).
  • Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning (i).
  • Knowledge of contemporary issues (j).
  • Ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice (k).