Thermodynamics 1

 Mechanical Engineering

034035 – Thermodynamics 1

Spring Semester 2017-2018

(4 credits)


The course is designed as an introductory exposition to engineering thermodynamics. It is typically part of the engineering curriculum of students in disciplines such as mechanical, aerospace, chemical, biomedical and material 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. The course is augmented by a wide range of engineering problems and examples.


104003 – Calculus 1 or equivalent.


Professor Chaim Gutfinger,,

Office: Lady Davis, Room 501, phones: 04-829-2089, 050-643-7572.

Office hours: TBA, and by appointment.

Teaching Assistant

Andy Thawko,

Phones:  04-829-1654, 050-810-5858

Office: Lady Davis, Room 304

Contact hours TBA

Lecture: 3 hours, Sunday 9:30-12:30, Rm TBA, Lady Davis.

Recitation: 2 hours, Monday, 14:30-16:30, Rm TBA, Lady Davis.


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


Chapter in book  Course Topics Date Week
1, 2 Introduction, basic definitions, equilibrium March 25 1
3 Work, First Law, energy, heat, Zeroth Law, temperature April 9 2
4 State Principle, simple systems, pure substance, steam tables April 15 3
5 Ideal gas April 22 4
6 Control volume April 29 5
7 Heat Engines, efficiency, reversibility, Thermodynamic temperature May 6 6
8 Clausius Inequality, Entropy.            
Midterm Quiz
: May 13, 2018
May 13 7
8 Entropy relations and diagrams, May 27 8
9 Second Law applications June 3 9
11 Steam work cycles – power stations June 10 10
11 Gas work cycles – gas turbine June 17 11
11 Refrigeration cycles – refrigerators and air conditioners June 24 12
Course summary and review. July 1 13


Course Expectations & Grading

Homework – 10%:

12 Homeworks will be assigned over the course of the semester. The grade will be based on 10 best homeworks.

Midterm Quiz (May 14, 2018) – 30%

Final Exam – 60%

Key Dates

The midterm quiz will be given on May 14, 2018.

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

Assignments & Readings

12 Homeworks will be assigned 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).