EGR 248 Syllabus

 Division: Arts and Sciences                                                                                                                     Date:  February 2014

Curricula in Which the Course is Taught:  Science, Engineering, Liberal Arts

Course Number and Title:  EGR 248 Thermodynamics for Engineers


Credit Hours:  3       Hours/Wk Lecture: 3          Hours/Wk Lab:        Lec/Lab Comb: 3



I.              Catalog Description:  Studies formulation of the first and second law of thermodynamics, energy conservation, concepts of equilibrium, temperature, entropy and enthalpy, equations of state for fluids. Covers reversibility and irreversibility in process, closed and open systems, cyclical processes and problem solving using computers. Designed for physical and engineering science programs.


II.                Relationship of the Course to Curricula Objectives in which course is taught:  This is a transfer level engineering course that helps develop understanding of the basic principles of thermodynamics and their application to problems in the field of science and engineering.


III.             Required Background: PHY241/242


IV.          Course Content:

1.    Energy and First Law of Thermodynamics

2.    Evaluating Properties

3.    Control volume Analysis using Energy

4.    The second law of thermodynamics

5.    Using Entropy

6.    Vapor power systems

7.    Gas Power systems

8.      Refrigeration cycle analysis



V.    Learner Outcomes:

VI.   Evaluation

         Students will be able


Students will be evaluated based upon their performance in the classroom discussions, homework, tests, quizzes and other assignments as deemed necessary by the faculty.




A.   To demonstrate an ability to comprehend the importance of energy and entropy principles.



B.   To demonstrate ability to evaluate thermodynamics properties using tables, charts and equation of state.



C.   To demonstrate problem solving skills using energy and entropy principles.



D.   To demonstrate ability to model physical phenomena using control-volume and closed- system approach.



VII.      This course supports the following objectives


DCC Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Quantitative Reasoning
Scientific Reasoning