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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.

May 7, 2020

Margaret mam has done excellent job. Nicely designed the contents and videos were really helpful to solve the questions in the assignments.Thanks to mam. and Please Add course on Heat Transfer.

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By Jude C W

Oct 30, 2016

More Helpful. Clearly describes the hard concepts. Thank you

By Dr. V S

May 16, 2020

very nice explanation and excellent material being presented

By Jose R S R

Jan 18, 2021

Great course, it helped me to finally learn Thermodynamics.

By Juned A S

Aug 9, 2020

thank you for providing such a great opportunity to learn.

By Odedo N B

Jun 22, 2020

Thank you, I really enjoyed the course and I learnt alot.

By Pushpendra S P

Jun 15, 2020

really helpful to understand the concept clearly

thank you

By Pouria P

May 19, 2020

great course, thank you coursera, thank you Ms Wooldridge

By Harshang S

Oct 2, 2020

Crisp and Clear, recalled basics. Thanks for the course.

By Avinash k s

Sep 11, 2020

A comprehensive knowledge was gained and I comprehend it

By Dr S R B

May 16, 2020

Introductinon to thermodynamics is very intesting course

By Neri L v H

Apr 10, 2017

Great course! The prof. Margaret have a awesome didatic.

By Srinivas M

Jun 24, 2020

The topics are very interestingly presented. Thank you.


Jun 20, 2020

Good as mashup of theoretical and practical knowledge

By Himani k

May 6, 2020

Excellent course in the Field of Mechanical Engineering

By 19BPH110_ D N M R

Sep 5, 2020

The course is very easy to understand and informative

By Frank J N

Oct 23, 2016

Very good introdution to thermodynamics. Good teacher

By Aditya S D

Oct 30, 2020

it's a very nice coure. Got a lot of things to learn

By Alexsus B

Jul 4, 2020

It's a great addition to knowledge in thermodynamics


Apr 16, 2020

good course with all the situations to be explained.

By Ishrat z K

Jun 9, 2020

It is very useful for placement based and knowledge


Apr 25, 2020

It's a useful and interesting course for beginners.

By Moeez u R Q

Jul 2, 2019

It is one the best online course I have ever taken


Jul 6, 2020

T hank for giving wonderful opportunity to learn


Apr 29, 2020

Learned some basics of thermodynamics very easily


Nov 20, 2020

good course i learn lot of things in this course