ENGR 212-503:
Conservation Principles in Thermal Sciences, Fall 2003


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Course Syllabus

The objective of this course is to help students acquire a basic knowledge of thermodynamics and fluids to analyze thermal systems by helping students to learn:

  • principles of conservation of mass and energy
  • relationships between and application of thermodynamic properties
  • concepts of heat and work energy
  • how to analyze open and closed systems
  • applications of entropy and the second law of thermodynamics
  • how to estimate performance of gas and vapor cycles
  • introductory concepts of fluid statics and dynamics
  • use of computer to model thermodynamic systems

The prerequisites for this course are MATH 251 or registration therein and upper-level classification in a College of Engineering major. 

There is one required textbook: Cengel & Turner (2001), Selected Material from Fundamentals of Thermal-Fluid Sciences, McGraw Hill, New York, 2001.  There are also PowerPoint presentations for each lecture available online (see the Course Calendar), and there will be occasional course notes handed out (also see the Course Calendar).  To access the online course material, please see the course web page at:

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Course Calendar

Please see the Course Calendar page.


Your final grade is broken down as follows:

Homework 10%     90 A 100
Group project 10%     80 B < 90
Midterm 1 25%     70 C < 80
Midterm 2 25%     60 D < 70
Final exam 30%     F < 60

Class participation and quizzes

There will be an occasional sign-in sheet to evaluate class participation.  Pop quizzes may be given during any lecture.  The purpose of a pop quiz is to motivate you to keep up with the material and to give you practice working potential exam problems.  Class participation and quizzes are 30% of the total homework grade.  Reading assignments should be done before coming to class.

Homework policy

Homework will be assigned periodically and the due date announced.  You may ask others for help at places where you have made diligent attempts and have become stumped. You may ask others for confirmation of results at significant milestones in the problem. However, homework submissions are to be as individuals; please do not copy (see Plagiarism below). 

Homework problems must be answered clearly, showing all your work and should be easy to follow. Where applicable, the solution to each problem must at least contain:

  • A brief statement of the problem
  • A list of all important assumptions made in solving the problem
  • The general form of the equations used to solve the problem
  • An equation with the plugged-in numbers and the highlighted solution

Failure to include one of these elements will result in lost credit for the problem.  Not all homework or homework problems may be graded.  Partial credit will be given for wrong answers that demonstrate some of the correct solution method. 

Homework is due by 5:00 p.m. on the assigned day and should be turned in either in class or in my mail box in Weisenbaker 235. Unless you have a university excuse (see Absences below), late assignments will not be accepted for full credit. Please do not ask me for exceptions.

Group project

There will be one group project, handed out October 27, 2003, and due on November 24, 2003.  You will work in groups of four students each.  Grading of the group project will make use of a student evaluation form.


Two, two-hour night examinations and a two-hour final examination are scheduled (see the course calendar). The two midterms will be cumulative and the final exam is comprehensive. Unexcused absences will result in a grade of zero for missed examinations.

The exams are closed book and closed notes. You will be provided with copies of the steam tables from the appendices of your book.  For the midterm exams, you will also receive an equations sheet that you may use in the exam.  For the final exam, you may use the equation sheets from the previous midterms plus one single-sided page of 8 1/2 x 11 paper with your own notes.  No other resources are permitted in the exams.

Plagiarism and Cheating

Please read Section 20 of the Texas A&M University Student Rules at

No form of scholastic dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism, etc.) will be tolerated. As commonly defined, plagiarism consists of passing off as one's own the ideas, words, writings, etc., which belong to another. In accordance with this definition, you are committing plagiarism if you copy the work of another person and turn it in as your own, even if you should have permission of that person.


Please read Section 7 of the Texas A&M University Student Rules at

Please contact me as soon as you know you will miss a class or an exam so that a reasonable alternative can be accommodated. Unexcused absences will result in a grade of zero for the missed work.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities.  Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities.  If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Department of Student Life, Services for Students with Disabilities in Room 126 of the Koldus building, or call 845-1637.  If you require accommodation for activities related to this course, please contact me as soon as possible.


You may be asked to allow copies of your assignments and exams to be submitted to the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) review panel.  The purpose of this is to demonstrate to ABET that our stated mission and objectives are being effectively implemented.  Your grade will not be affected by participation. 

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