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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 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 S 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.

By Abhiram G N

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 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!

By Jesús H d C

Apr 21, 2020

Buen curso, es lo que esperaba y deseaba aprender, sin duda me servirá para mi desarrollo profesional.

By Abhishek K

Apr 15, 2019

It is a very good experience to learn from this course and it will be very helpful for my future also.

By Nisshok K M

Dec 13, 2020

it was good one though. i usually found good time on seeing the questions in quiz which was excellent

By Abburu V K C

May 19, 2020

i got lot of skills by seeing the videos and also learned how the power plants in different sectors.

By Ashutosh J

Aug 30, 2016

Very nice course! I would request the teacher to have follow-up courses as well on advanced topics.

By Ralph B

Nov 5, 2020

This is amazing, this makes me appreciate coursera, might subscribe to more of instructors programs

By Ritik n

Mar 24, 2021

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By Vamshi

Nov 19, 2020

Excellent Course. Perfect for Beginners and for those who wants to brush up on basics once again.

By Timothy D

Sep 7, 2020

Excellent refresher for someone who was last in a graduate Thermodynamics classroom Since 1976.

By Yash M

Jun 16, 2020

This course helps me to understand the basic knowledge of thermodynamics and energy transfer.

By Shrinivasa V P

Oct 3, 2019

Excellent course , very dynamic and nicely structured and the pop up questions really helped!

By Ashlin.Felix B

Dec 2, 2020



Aug 2, 2020

Amazing A great learning experience. Probably the best course on Thermodynamics ever i have.

By Siddarth K A

Oct 11, 2016

Really helpful on refurbishing my Thermodynamic basics,

Thanks a lot Mrs. Margaret Wooldridge