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Dale anon456 profile image
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9/10 starsCompleted
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3 years, 6 months ago
I (engineer with > 20 years experience) have completed the course and believe that I can give a fair and balanced review of Introduction to Thermodynamics: Transferring Energy from Here to There (Feb2014). P... I (engineer with > 20 years experience) have completed the course and believe that I can give a fair and balanced review of Introduction to Thermodynamics: Transferring Energy from Here to There (Feb2014). Pros: consists of 5-6 lectures by the instructor, each ~8-20 minutes PDF slides provided; links to free textbooks workload only 3-6 hours per week in-video quizzes (don’t count towards grade) interesting material; you learn a lot, including usage of steam tables easy to not difficult for most; gentle intro homeworks (HWs) limited to 2 submissions HWs are combinations of multiple choice questions and quantitative problems grading is 100% HW; no exam (Pro? Con?) instructor knows her stuff signature track offered discussion forums supported well through TAs not peer graded (not necessary) Cons: slides rather empty, the instructor draws diagrams and equations in the videos thus you should take notes of the lecture videos instructor did not participate in discussion forum you can ace the course by relying on deductive reasoning after 1st HW submission HWs usually had 2-3 errors, but the TAs were there in time to correct Summary: This introduction to thermodynamics is very introductory. I think that serious high school students will do well in this course. You can easily get by without calculus. I was expecting a bit more from the University of Michigan. Deduct one star for that, despite the FAQ being quite clear. Discussion of entropy is pointedly missing, but gas/liquid qualities, pressures, temperatures, joules, kilograms, enthalpies and specific heats abound. Conservation of energy and mass is central. Power plant analysis is interesting. However, the “bar” (pun intended) should be raised somewhat. As to the rather empty slides, I believe it was intentional, to get you to take notes. It worked for me. A timed final exam should be included. If you already have had one course in thermo, skip it. I did not, so I found it very useful and look forward to the next level of instruction, which I’m sure won’t be as easy. A successful Coursera course.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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1 year, 10 months ago
Very good course. I have no background in Thermodynamics and just wanted to learn some. This I did. The special virtue of the course is the instructor working through examples and avoiding gaseous generaliti... Very good course. I have no background in Thermodynamics and just wanted to learn some. This I did. The special virtue of the course is the instructor working through examples and avoiding gaseous generalities. She has won teaching awards and one sees why. Leaving out a discussion of entropy (though T-s diagrams appeared at the end) was a good idea as far as I was concerned. I have one advantage in that I have Borgnakke & Sonntag, Fundamentals of Thermodynamics 7e so could read around topics. I have had the book a while now, but can now manage it, thanks to this course. Only one gripe. The instructor writes on a "whiteboard" with a pen that is invisible, so its hard to be looking at the right place when she writes.
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