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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 Sayandip

Jul 11, 2016

It's a wonderful course to deal with it.

By victor m y g

Oct 31, 2020

Great course for beginners on the topic

By Naomon K

Apr 11, 2020

Really helpful lectures. Thank you mam!

By hrick s

Sep 21, 2020

Just try it out, you won't regret it.

By Abhilash T

Apr 15, 2019

This is the best and precise content.

By Han-Ting C

Jul 28, 2020

Good introduction to thermodynamics!

By Deleted A

Jun 2, 2020

nice course for basic thermodynamics

By Ofulue n t

Feb 19, 2020

The lectures and lecturer are superb

By Andreea R

May 3, 2017

Very interesting and helpful course!

By varchaswa m

Jun 27, 2020

Excellent course. Great instructor.

By Sathish D

Jun 5, 2020

Great teaching by lovable Professor

By Manikanta A

Apr 21, 2020

iam very happy to learn this course

By Oria-Arebun P E

Jul 22, 2020

Very informative and I learnt alot

By Revanth K

Jun 4, 2020

its a great time to learn with you

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By Imran A A

Sep 20, 2020

This is a fun and enjoyable class

By ikechukwu c o

Jul 27, 2020

Interesting and taught with class

By Lakshit P

Jul 27, 2020

Great material, great instructor.


Jun 7, 2020

Really worth doing this course!!!

By Elie S

Apr 23, 2020

Very important course , Thank you


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By Jaime M

Sep 15, 2017

Basic, but really good explained!

By Geya K

Apr 26, 2017

this is a great course i loved it


Jan 25, 2021

Learned topics on thermodynamics