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4 Credits
Crosslisted as NE 311
Available Fall/Winter/Summer term
Lecture only

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ENGR 212 or 212H;
MTH 256 or 256H

Deborah Pence
316 Rogers Hall

Course Description

Introduction to basic concepts of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer, including conservation of mass, energy, moment, and the second law of thermodynamics.


  • Concepts and definitions
  • Work, heat and energy, energy balance
  • Properties of pure substances
  • PVT relations and equations of state
  • Steady-state conservation of mass and energy
  • Transient analysis
  • Second law, temperature scales
  • Carnot cycle, Claudius inequality, entropy
  • Hydrostatics
  • Dimensional analysis
  • Control volume analysis of momentum balance
  • Shear stress and viscosity
  • Modes of heat transfer
  • Conduction, convection, radiation examples

Learning Outcomes

The student, upon successful completion of this course, will be able to:

  1. State and illustrate the principles of conservation of mass and energy to open and closed systems, both transient and steady state.
  2. State and illustrate the second law of thermodynamics, i.e., entropy analysis and its basic concepts including the possibility and impossibility of process, Carnot device, and reversibility and irreversibility.
  3. Apply conservation of momentum to control volumes in a systematic approach.
  4. Identify modes of heat transfer and solve problems with conduction, convection, radiation, and/or phase-change heat transfer.
  5. Define states and evaluate property data for problem-solving using tables, charts, and formulas.