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Sinclair College

MEE 2201 Thermodynamics for Engineers

First and second laws of thermodynamics; thermodynamic properties of gases, vapors and gas-vapor mixtures; energy-systems analysis including power cycles, refrigeration cycles and air-conditioning processes. Introduction to thermodynamics of reacting mixtures. Two classroom, two lab hours per week.

Division: Science, Mathematics and Engineering
Department: Engineering Technology Design
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: No

Prereqs: MAT 2270 


  • Determine properties and characteristics of ideal gas mixtures. Perform a psychrometric analysis.
  • Apply the concepts of exergy and anergy to determine the most efficient use of energy.
  • Analyze PT and PV diagrams and identify and explain the differences among subcooled, saturated and superheated materials. Identify and describe the critical point and vapor-liquid equilibrium envelope.
  • Perform analyses of power cycles, steam cycles, and vapor compression cycles. Demonstrate an understanding of the significance of the Carnot cycle and the relationship between power cycles and the second law of thermodynamics. Determine system efficiencies and irreversibilities. Solve problems involving energy balances.
  • Relate entropy to the second law of thermodynamics. Be able to calculate changes in entropy associated with heat transfer and thermodynamic irreversibility. Calculate temperature and work of isentropic processes.
  • Use the first and second laws to perform mass and energy balances in open and closed systems. Relate internal energy, enthalpy, heat capacity and heats of vaporization to first and second law analysis.

Credit Hours: 3

Classroom Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 2