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About the Course

COURSE DESCRIPTION This course provides an introduction to the most powerful engineering principles you will ever learn - Thermodynamics: the science of transferring energy from one place or form to another place or form. We will introduce the tools you need to analyze energy systems from solar panels, to engines, to insulated coffee mugs. More specifically, we will cover the topics of mass and energy conservation principles; first law analysis of control mass and control volume systems; properties and behavior of pure substances; and applications to thermodynamic systems operating at steady state conditions. COURSE FORMAT The class consists of lecture videos, which average 8 to 12 minutes in length. The videos include integrated In-Video Quiz questions. There are also quizzes at the end of each section, which include problems to practice your analytical skills that are not part of video lectures. There are no exams. GRADING POLICY Each question is worth 1 point. A correct answer is worth +1 point. An incorrect answer is worth 0 points. There is no partial credit. You can attempt each quiz up to three times every 8 hours, with an unlimited number of total attempts. The number of questions that need to be answered correctly to pass are displayed at the beginning of each quiz. Following the Mastery Learning model, students must pass all 8 practice quizzes with a score of 80% or higher in order to complete the course. ESTIMATED WORKLOAD If you follow the suggested deadlines, lectures and quizzes will each take approximately ~3 hours per week each, for a total of ~6 hours per week. TARGET AUDIENCE Basic undergraduate engineering or science student. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - What are the prerequisites for taking this course? An introductory background (high school or first year college level) in chemistry, physics, and calculus will help you be successful in this class. -What will this class prepare me for in the academic world? Thermodynamics is a prerequisite for many follow-on courses, like heat transfer, internal combustion engines, propulsion, and gas dynamics, to name a few. -What will this class prepare me for in the real world? Energy is one of the top challenges we face as a global society. Energy demands are deeply tied to the other major challenges of clean water, health, food resources, and poverty. Understanding how energy systems work is key to understanding how to meet all these needs around the world. Because energy demands are only increasing, this course also provides the foundation for many rewarding professional careers....

Top reviews


Jul 23, 2019

Great course. But I was also hoping to get an in-depth analytical understanding of the second law of thermodynamics and the zeroth law as well. But I really enjoyed it and definitely learned a lot.


Feb 24, 2021

Courses from the University of Michigan are always awesome. Hats off to Margaret Wooldridge, mam. Thank you so much, Coursera and the University of Michigan for making this outstanding experience.

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By Aakash K

May 22, 2020

Very satisfying.Each and every topic whether it be theoretical or numerical was very well explained by the instructor

By nidal a

Oct 9, 2020

I really enjoy studying this course I benefited a lot from itة

thank you Ms. Margaret Wooldridge for this course

By Miguel M

Apr 14, 2017

Great course of thermodynamic. I learn a lot about energy generation, mechanical equipments and fluids properties


Jul 20, 2021

Best course one can take to learn about the basics of the real world energy production and usage. It can improve

By Ashwin A

Aug 16, 2016

The lectures are crisp and clear. The fundamental concepts are well explained with adequate supporting examples.

By Aeron C

Oct 29, 2020

this is very helpful to us student who needs to learn thermodynamics and to those who dont understand.

thank you

By Ruizhe M

Aug 7, 2016

Great course, very detailed and clear. Wish it would cover a little more material like entropy calculation etc.

By Muhammad A

Sep 2, 2021

Course is designed well, got the handsome knowledge.

Thanks Coursera Team who designed such a wonderful course.

By Siddharth S V

Mar 26, 2020

This course was absolutely fantastic to learn and question were interesting solve and videos as well.Thank you


Sep 30, 2018

Loved it very much.. its a wonderful course for the students studying mechanical engineering.. thank you.. :)

By Syed K

Sep 29, 2020

a real great course. learned a lot from it. the instructor Dr. Margaret is great. Her methodology is awesome

By Thomas M

Oct 5, 2020

Great course! It was really interesting and gave me a lot of tools to analyse and think things differently.

By Dhrumil P

Aug 21, 2020

Prof. Margaret Wooldridge is an amazing teacher. she is always enthusiastic in lectures. great work by her.


May 16, 2020

Excellent..... really to rebrush and review thermodynamics this course was awesome and nicest.

Thanks Mam!!!

By Aditya S

Jun 8, 2016

The best of all I have seen here, If you looking for deep insight of thermodynamics this is the best place.

By Marc A M

Oct 23, 2020

All of your discussions are easy to grasp and to understand. Now, I can use this to my course. Thank you!

By Jair M

Feb 15, 2020

A phenomenal course that will help guide me to further research in fields such as mechanical engineering.

By Dr. R R

Aug 29, 2020

Overall this was a good course with good balance of theory ad practical problems. I really got enriched.

By Saddam T

Jul 11, 2020


I got to learn something new from this course,

I really enjoyed this course.

Thank You so much.


Feb 22, 2020

Thank you for helping me to improve my knowledge in modes of transferring energy from different sources


By Juan G A B

Jul 9, 2019

Great course to wake up your school knowledge about Thermodynamic that you may need in your daily work !

By Dhruvil P

Jul 4, 2017

This course is really helpful to understand the concept and basic of thermodynamics and energy.

Thank you

By gowtham s

May 7, 2017

I spend My time to this wonderful Course.Its look easy and amazing. It is very useful for New learners..

By Gautham A

May 18, 2020

Excellent course. A recommended course for every mechanical or thermal engineering students. Thank you.


Aug 8, 2020

Great course for thermodynamics foundation.Left this course 6 months ago. Finally, completed it today!