Department of Mechanical Engineering

ME 201


Fall 2014


Instructor: Craig W. Somerton
Office: 2439 EB
Phone: 353-6733
MWF 10:30-11:30, TuTh 2-3 or by appointment


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Thermodynamic Haikus

Craig W. Somerton

Is all about energy
Work and heat also

First Law of Thermo
Energy change is equal
To heat minus work

Thermo’s Second Law
Universe entropy change
Is always growing

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Property Evaluator

About the Course

In this course we will learn about the following concepts and their applications to real world engineering systems:

Conservation of Mass

Conservation of Energy

Rules of Reality

Two theme problems will be used throughout the course to demonstrate the relevance of thermodynamics and the connectedness of the topics covered.
Theme Problem #1: Jet Aircraft Engine

Theme Problem #2: Household Refrigerator

Course Announcements

  • Exam #1 will be on Monday, October 6, 2014.  It will cover:

    Conservation of Mass
    Property Evaluation
    Boundary Work

    There are several study aids on the web for these topics.  Among them are:

    Conservation of Mass Practice Problems
    Ideal Gas Practice Problems
    Property Evaluation Practice Problems
    Property Evaluation Practice Problems #2
    1st Law Practice Problems, Problems 1 and 6
    Old Exam #1
    Old Exam #1 Answers

    The exam will be open notes, including course web postings.  Books, computers, and phones will not be allowed.  Any calculator may be used.

    There will be a review session on Sunday, October 5 at 5 pm at a site to be determined.  The focus of the review session will be the Old Exam.

  • Please download the “Incompressible Substance Tables in SI Units”  and "Steam Tables in SI Units) handouts from the course web site and bring it to class on Wednesday, 9/10.
  •  Please download the “ Ideal Gas Tables in SI Units” handout from the course web site and bring it to class on Monday, 9/8.


Course Materials


Assignments and Solutions

Study Aids

MATLAB Tip Sheets

Property Tables