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MAE 110A Fall 2015

Course meeting times: MWF 1:00 pm to 1:50 pm WLH 2005

F 3:00 pm to 3:50 pm CENTR 119

Instructor:   Prof. Padmini Rangamani

Office: 344G, SME

Phone: 4-4734

Email: padmini.rangamani@eng.ucsd.edu

Office hours: Wednesday 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm, SME 344G.

Email is preferred mode of communication. 

Teaching assistants: Somaye Jafari   sjafari@ucsd.edu

         Kishan Sachdev ksachdev@ucsd.edu

 Office hours:           Mondays, 11:00 am-12:00 pm Somaye

                                Tuesdays, 11:00 am-noon Somaye
                                Thursday11:00 am-12:00 pm Kishan 
Location:                 Room 105 EBUII

Textbook: Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics 

 M. J. Moran and H. N. Shapiro

 John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Eighth Edition (2014).

Course Description: Fundamentals of engineering thermodynamics: energy, work, heat, properties of pure substances, first and second laws for closed systems and control volumes, gas mixtures. Application to engineering systems, power and refrigeration cycles, combustion. 

Prerequisites:  Phys 2C and Chem 6A.

See also http://maeweb.ucsd.edu/undergrad/courses/syllabi

Website: see http://maeweb.ucsd.edu/maecourses

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Late homework will not be accepted under any circumstances


Homework must follow specific requirements.

See attached sheet for homework instructions.

Solutions will be posted on ted website.


 Homework regrade requests must be made in writing.

 Please include name, date, email address and justification for re-grade.

 Re-grade requests must be turned in within one week of HW due date.

Discussion sessions:  Professor and TAs will hold weekly discussion sessions to discuss student questions and solve sample problems. Mostly this will be during the Friday second hour. 


Homework (lowest dropped): 10%

Design Problem: 5%

Midterm: 40%

Final: 45%

Academic Policy:  All students are expected to know their responsibilities and uphold the standards of academic integrity and engineering professionalism. Students are encouraged to discuss lecture and homework topics with each other to promote learning. However, each student must do and submit their own work on all homework assignments and exams. Submitted work that is copied or taken from an unauthorized source (e.g. another student’s work) or performed using unauthorized resources (e.g. calculator programs or notes during exams) is not considered honest effort. Academic misconduct will have serious penalties and will be reported to university administration. Refer also to class website for further information and UCSD Policy on Integrity of Scholarship.

As Engineering students, it is expected that you operate in a professional manner; refer to: National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) Code of Ethics for Engineers.

Tentative course outline







First hour: course information, introduction, basic concepts

second hour: problem solving

Chapter 1


9/28, 9/30, 10/2

Energy, work, heat

First law (closed system)

Chapter 2


10/5, 10/7, 10/9

Properties of pure substances

Chapter 3


10/12, 10/14, 10/16

Ideal gas, incompressible substance, First law (control volume)

Chapter 3

Chapter 4


10/16 at 3:00 pm

a 40 min in-class, closed book, closed notes exam.

All tables will be provided

Will cover above material.


10/19, 10/21, 10/23

First law applications

Introduction to second law

Chapter 4

Chapter 5


10/16, 10/28, 10/30

Carnot cycle, temperature scale


Chapter 5

Chapter 6


11/2. 11/4, 11/6

Second Law (closed system)

Chapter 6



Second law (control volume)

Chapter 6


11/13 at 3:00 pm

a 40 min in-class, closed book, closed notes exam.

All tables will be provided.

material between midterm 1 and here. 


11/16, 11/18, 11/20

Cycle analysis, vapor power cycles

refrigeration cycles

Chapter 8

Chapter 10


11/23, 11/25

Gas power cycles

Ideal gas mixtures

Chapter 9

Chapter 12


11/30, 12/2, 12/4

Chemical reactions


Chapter 13



Location TBA 11:30 am to 2:29 pm

Cumulative, closed book, closed notes exam. All tables will be provided.