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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 16.05 (Fall 2002) 
  • Course Title:
  • Thermal Energy 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Aeronautics and Astronautics 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Zoltan Spakovszky
    Prof. Edward Greitzer 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 16.050 Thermal Energy

    Fall 2002

    Course Highlights

    The already-extensive lecture notes for this course have developed markedly in recent years, and now include, in addition to concepts and examples, a set of "muddy points". Through student feedback, the instructors have compiled a list of frequently misunderstood ideas, or "muddy points", and identified and addressed these pitfalls right in the notes.

    Course Description

    This course is taught in four main parts. The first is a review of fundamental thermodynamic concepts (e.g. energy exchange in propulsion and power processes), and is followed by the second law (e.g. reversibility and irreversibility, lost work). Next are applications of thermodynamics to engineering systems (e.g. propulsion and power cycles, thermo chemistry), and the course concludes with fundamentals of heat transfer (e.g. heat exchange in aerospace devices).

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