Thermodynamics

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ME209.1x is a basic course in thermodynamics, designed for students of mechanical engineering. We will study the terms and concepts used in thermodynamics, with precise definitions. The three laws of thermodynamics (zeroth, first, and second) will be explored in detail, and the properties of materials will be studied. Many useful relations will be derived. The topics include:

  • basic concepts and definitions
  • the work interaction
  • the first law, energy, and the heat interaction
  • the zeroth law, temperature, and scales of temperature
  • properties of gases and liquids, equations of state
  • the second law, thermodynamic temperature scales, and entropy
  • relations between properties
  • open thermodynamic systems

There will be emphasis on problem-solving. Students will need to spend significant effort on solving exercises.

The course is designed for students in mechanical engineering. However, o...

ME209.1x is a basic course in thermodynamics, designed for students of mechanical engineering. We will study the terms and concepts used in thermodynamics, with precise definitions. The three laws of thermodynamics (zeroth, first, and second) will be explored in detail, and the properties of materials will be studied. Many useful relations will be derived. The topics include:

  • basic concepts and definitions
  • the work interaction
  • the first law, energy, and the heat interaction
  • the zeroth law, temperature, and scales of temperature
  • properties of gases and liquids, equations of state
  • the second law, thermodynamic temperature scales, and entropy
  • relations between properties
  • open thermodynamic systems

There will be emphasis on problem-solving. Students will need to spend significant effort on solving exercises.

The course is designed for students in mechanical engineering. However, others (both engineers and scientists) are likely to find it useful. The course has also been found to be useful to teachers of thermodynamics.

Please note that this course is self-paced and you can enroll at any time.  At normal pace, this course requires 12 weeks of study, about 10 hours a week.

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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 8 months ago
The instructors give really good explanation of the 3 laws of thermodynamics with good examples, the materials are presented in a really good manner, I fully recommend this course for any mechanical engineer!
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3 years, 11 months ago
Very interesting course. A very nice work with numerous exercices. The teacher speaks very clearly and gives examples very usefull for the comprehension of this hard subject.
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3 years, 11 months ago
It is really a good course to strengthen concepts in Thermodynamics. Most of the videos are less than 60 MB so I didn't face any trouble in downloading the videos on my 153.2 Kbps connection and that is why I am giving 5 stars for the content. Special thanks to the instructor Professor Uday Gaitonde to explain the concepts in lucid manner. Thank you edx and IITBombay!
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 5 months ago
pienso que los contenidos son los esenciales para un ingeniero mecánico o carrera a fin. y deberia ser un curso de alto nivel.
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6/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 5 months ago
titulo de ingeniería mecanica
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8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 1 month ago
I enjoyed the course and learnt a lot about heat transfer, steam tables, 1,2 and 3 law of thermodynamics. Overall it was just the professors teaching and exercises that helped in final exams.
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5 years, 1 month ago
What a challenging and absorbing experience. This is a very hard subject to teach and learn. If you miss any steps intellectually, the later elements make no sense and confidence can be undermined. Generally, the content was excellent and the all-important order in which it was presented made sense (to me). There is too much material per week for a total neophyte to absorb in say 6 hours' work...the exercises were the most valuable part and could have been more valuable had answers been provided for all of them (perhaps these will still emerge...including answers for the final exam please?). On a couple of occasions, irrelevant physics-y fundamentals appeared (what engineer needs all those rival second law statements?). Energy functions really need to be expanded upon in terms of their relevance (it seems important to me to say more clearly that the Maxwell relations are primarily useful because they relate important design par... What a challenging and absorbing experience. This is a very hard subject to teach and learn. If you miss any steps intellectually, the later elements make no sense and confidence can be undermined. Generally, the content was excellent and the all-important order in which it was presented made sense (to me). There is too much material per week for a total neophyte to absorb in say 6 hours' work...the exercises were the most valuable part and could have been more valuable had answers been provided for all of them (perhaps these will still emerge...including answers for the final exam please?). On a couple of occasions, irrelevant physics-y fundamentals appeared (what engineer needs all those rival second law statements?). Energy functions really need to be expanded upon in terms of their relevance (it seems important to me to say more clearly that the Maxwell relations are primarily useful because they relate important design parameters to those that can be directly measured). I would still value a comprehensive list of supplementary reading (especially of ordered, online articles). The course would benefit from a few lectures summing up the main messages. Ideally, I would also like to see a guest lecture for each of the main modules, given by someone who uses these equations in designing real systems, from power stations to aerospace to automotive applications. In terms of assessment, I found the quizzes very useful (although the language used could be tightened up and clarified in places). I thought the balance between the 'value' of the quizzes and final exam was about right (ie no over emphasis on some big, final, do-or die test). Personally, I'd have preferred the effort I put into the exercises to count for something, beyond my increased understanding. This is a great course and with some extra tweaks it can become superb...potentially the single most influential source of engineeering thermodynamics tuition. Thanks again and congratulations.
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5 years, 1 month ago
I was entirely new to thermodynamics when I began the course. I found the course often enjoyable and often frustrating. With the exception of some throw away remarks about Jacobean matrices/determinants towards the end the mathematics used is not too forbidding. The lack of a textbook was a very serious defect. There was nowhere to go to clarify and/or extend the lecture material. And of course revision without a textbook became very hard indeed. This was made worse by the use of uncommon names for things which make it hard to impossible to use web resources (try Google for "one way mode of work"). In future iterations there should be a text chosen and closely followed (the text by M. Achuthan who was Prof. Gaitonde's teacher is unfortunatley not available in the UK). The release of lecture "slides" late in the course was no substitute. The other major problem was the presentations largely ignore problem solving - so ... I was entirely new to thermodynamics when I began the course. I found the course often enjoyable and often frustrating. With the exception of some throw away remarks about Jacobean matrices/determinants towards the end the mathematics used is not too forbidding. The lack of a textbook was a very serious defect. There was nowhere to go to clarify and/or extend the lecture material. And of course revision without a textbook became very hard indeed. This was made worse by the use of uncommon names for things which make it hard to impossible to use web resources (try Google for "one way mode of work"). In future iterations there should be a text chosen and closely followed (the text by M. Achuthan who was Prof. Gaitonde's teacher is unfortunatley not available in the UK). The release of lecture "slides" late in the course was no substitute. The other major problem was the presentations largely ignore problem solving - so you will likely feel at sea when confronted with the sort of problems that fill the pages of thermodynamics texts. I certainly did, and in fact scarcely bothered with the Final Examination. The part by Prof Bhandarkar gave some problem solving work. Excellent - but too little and too late. These negatives I think are serious. But from reading other reviews I gather that this subject is somewhat notorious, and I certainly learned a lot and even got a certificate (though only a C grade!) I hope it is repeated with textbook and problems, as it has the makings of a real star course and can only improve ("one way mode of work")!
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5 years, 4 months ago
I am a student . I always wished to learn from IIT professors and this is coming true through edX. Being a Mechanical Engineering student Thermodynamics is essential and one of the most important course.
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5 years, 3 months ago
Its mainly a course of Mechanical engineering, but electrical engineers also do this course. all three teachers of this course are Mechanical engineers. :)
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5 years, 4 months ago
I am still in the middle of the course and I am finding it extremely intriguing and i am hopeful about completing this course successfully. Mr.Uday N Gaitonde is making us learn the subject in a methodical way.It is an amazing experience for me to listen to his lectures especially considering the fact that I am a mechanical engineering student in a local engineering college. Thanks edX for making it possible :)
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5 years, 4 months ago
I am a student of Mechanical Engineering . i am thankful for this course to Professor Uday N. Gaitonde whose lectures are very practical and these are easy to understand.
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5 years, 4 months ago
This is really awesome.. If I can master the art of teaching like the professor, I will definitely write to nearby colleges in Botswana to go teach this topic. Thank you Edx
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5 years, 4 months ago
one of great,effective as well efficient initiative by the technocrats of India and abroad as well.
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5 years, 4 months ago
I am a sophomore. Student in IIT Kanpur physics department. I have a course on thermodynamics in 3ed semester. I hope this course helps me here. Though I found academics of IIT Kanpur is little more rigorous than IIT Bombay. I will be thankful if this course is rigorous and more mathematical.
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5 years, 4 months ago
Every Indian dreams of studying in IITs, Finally its is comming True VIRTUALLY. I have taken many MOOCs of different institutes but never completed one fully because of the regular studies. Its good to see the first Indian course and I am looking forward to put all efforts to complete ME209X as my first MOOC because incidentally I am offered Thermodynamics as a subject currently in 2nd year B.E Mech. and as my university GTU draws its syllabus substantially from IITs, ME209X wont amount to as an extra workload as usual in other MOOCs. Looking forward for more interesting courses from Premier institutes in India.
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5 years, 4 months ago
hello i am student of 11th grade .from Pakistan. i take this course to challange my brother. and i am good in physics till grade 10th.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
I'm an IPHO participant but this year I wasn't able to gain any prize so I need to know more stuff and practice more on solving problems.And I think starting with thermodynamics would be the best. hope you all the best.
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5 years, 4 months ago
I am a Chinese student,and I want to have this lesson to learn more.I think the Thermodynamics is a course that would make me know more about nature.I like the law of Thermodynamics,because I think it make me recognize the basic law of nature.
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