IUPUI School of Engineering and Technology

IUPUI School of Engineering and Technology

Thermodynamics I

ME 20000 / 3 Cr. (3 Class)

The first law of thermodynamics, properties of pure substances, entropy, the second law of thermodynamics, reversible and irreversible processes, and applications to engineering problems.


M.J. Moran, H.N. Shapiro, D.D. Boettner, and M.B. Bailey, Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics, 7th Edition, John Wiley & Sons.


To acquire an understanding of the fundamentals of thermodynamics and gain the ability to apply these principles to engineering problems.


After completion of this course, the students should be able to:

  1.  Explain the concepts of equilibrium, temperature, property, state, and thermodynamic system. [a]
  2. Apply the first law of thermodynamics to closed systems. [a]
  3. Apply the first law of thermodynamics to open systems using a control volume analysis. [a]
  4. Find the thermodynamics properties of a pure compressible substance (e.g. steam, air) in two phases (liquid and vapor) or a single phase. [a]
  5. Apply the Clausius and Kelvin-Plank statements of the second law of thermodynamics or use the concept of entropy to compare the actual behavior of systems with idealized, reversible behavior. [a]
  6. Compare the calculated, measured, or claimed performance of power cycles and refrigeration cycles with the efficiency or COP limits imposed by the second law. [a]
  7. Analyze all processes in a vapor power system and calculate its performance. [e]
  8. Analyze all processes in gas power systems and calculate their performance. [e]
  9. Analyze all processes in refrigeration and heat pump systems and calculate their performance. [e]

Note: The letters within the brackets indicate the general program outcomes of mechanical engineering. See: ME Program Outcomes.

  1. First law for closed and open systems. (9 classes)
  2. Properties of pure substances. (3 classes)
  3. Second law and entropy. (6 classes)
  4. Vapor power systems. (4 classes)
  5. Gas power systems. (3 classes)
  6. Refrigeration and heat pumps. (2 classes