Teaching Engineering Thermodynamics to Undergraduate Students
I have just volunteered to teach engineering thermodynamics to undergraduates in the Fall semester of 2011. The students will be from all fields of engineering, primarily mechanical engineering, environmental engineering, and bioengineering. I have never taught this course before, and would love to hear from you about your experience, either as a student or as a teacher.
Here is what I have found from the website about the course.
Engineering Science 181 Engineering Thermodynamics
Introduction to engineering thermodynamics with emphasis on classical thermodynamics. Topics:
- Zeroth law and temperature
- Properties of single-component gases, liquids, and solids
- steam tables
- Equations of state for ideal and simple nonideal substances
- First law, heat and heat transfer, work, internal energy, enthalpy
- Second law, entropy, free energy
- Third law
- Heat engines and important engineering applications such as refrigerators, power cycles
- Properties and simple models of solutions
- Phase and chemical equilibrium in multicomponent systems; chemical potential
- Laboratory included
- Physics 11 or 15
- Applied Mathematics or Mathematics 21
- chemistry at the level of a good secondary school course or Chemistry 5
Mike Aziz has been teaching the course, and has used the following textbook:
Borgnakke and Sunntag, Fundamentals of Thermodynamics
Please let me know your thoughts about the course. What textbook do you recommend? What do you find effective for learning thermodynamics for the first time? What are useful online resources? Any innovation in teaching the subject in connection with environment and energy?