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Spring 20211 ME 300 Engineering Thermodynamics Spring 2021 Textbook: Thermodynamics Concepts and Applications, Second edition, Cambridge University Press, by Stephen R. Turns and Laura L. Pauley, 2020. Course URL: Canvas ( Lecture video links, homework problems/solutions, lecture notes, quizzes /solutions/grading rubrics are posted here. Zoom (, Password: 000217): For the Friday synchronous online class and TA office hours on Thursdays. Course Format: On Mondays and Wednesdays (except the first week), download blank lecture notes, watch the video lectures (all available on Canvas), take notes and submit a pdf scan of your annotated notes the same day, before 11:59 PM. On Fridays, you will take biweekly quizzes (exams). For Fridays that you do not take exams, I will solve examples and hold real-time Q&A sessions. Homework assignments will be posted on Canvas after the Friday class. Pre-requisites/Co-requisites: CHEM 110 and MATH 141 Class time and location: MWF 10:10AM - 11:00AM, Zoom (MW: lecture videos, F: Zoom) Instructor: Dr. Sukwon Choi Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering E-mail [email protected] (preferred method for communication) Office: 306 Reber Phone: (814) 863-4355 Teaching Assistants: Glenn Hatala ([email protected]), Jibin Kolliyil ([email protected]) Office Hours: TA office hours (homework problems, quizzes): Thursday 12:00-1:00 pm, location: Zoom (, Password: 000217) Instructor office hours (basic concepts, grading, [email protected]): Email the instructor with questions at any time. The instructor will answer your questions and set up a zoom meeting if necessary. Exams: Biweekly in-class quizzes on Fridays. No separate midterm and final exams. Refer to the “Class Lecture Schedule” below. Course Description: Engineering Thermodynamics I. Basic thermodynamics concepts, properties of pure substances, first and second law analysis of systems and control volumes. Grading: (Two lowest homework scores and one lowest quiz score will be dropped) Homework (30-2): 40% Quizzes (7-1): 60% Late drops prior to first exam-WN Late drops after first exam: With a score ≥ 60% -WP With a score < 60% -WF2 Grading Scale: A 93 A- 90 B+ 87 B 83 B- 80 C+ 77 C 70 D 60 Homework, Lecture Videos, & Lecture Notes: Every Monday and Wednesday, I will upload blank lecture notes and recorded video lecture links on the Canvas website. Complete taking notes while watching the lecture videos. Then submit a pdf scan (use the “Assignments” tab in the Canvas website) the same day the lecture was given, by 11:59 pm. A one-day late submission is allowed but 30% of the total score will be deducted. Assignments submitted after this 24-hour grace period will be graded as zero. Homework assignments including reading assignments and homework problems (with solutions) will be posted on Canvas. For the homework problems, working with your peers is permitted and encouraged. Use TA office hours to ask for help regarding these problems. All homework questions should be solved/practiced using the following format. KNOWN: List properties, variables, etc. given in the problem. FIND: What is unknown that we are asked to find. SKETCH: Schematic diagram and relevant graphs (P-v, T-s diagrams, etc.). ASSUMPTIONS: These need to be justified if they are atypical. ANALYSIS: Solve the problem, step-by-step, and always include units. Box the final answer. SANITY CHECK: Miscalculations can lead to unrealistic results. Indicate if you feel that your answer is not realistic! Note: No need to submit your work on the homework problems (solutions will be given to you upfront). Only submit a pdf scan of your annotated notes. Exams/Quizzes: You will be taking biweekly synchronous online exams. The exam will consist of two problems: - One problem similar to your homework and/or class example problems. - Another conceptual problem related to what was taught in the video lectures. These will be closed book exams and will require you to be proctored via a ZOOM webcam. There will be no separate formal midterm or final exams. You must submit your exam worksheet before the zoom meeting closes at 11:00 am using the “Assignments” tab (submit your work, then leave the zoom meeting). Late submissions will be graded as a zero. Make-up exams will be only allowed for medical emergency cases, especially those related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Provision of the doctor’s letter will be mandatory to submit make-up work. Make-up Exams/Quizzes: No make-up exams or quizzes will be given except as required by University policy. See me prior to any anticipated absence, preferably at the beginning of the semester. Contesting Grades: Grades must be appealed within one week after you receive your assignment score and after reviewing the grading rubrics posted on Canvas. Academic Dishonesty: Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated at all. I hope that everyone can develop enough pride in his or her own work and abilities that this will never be a problem. When you earn an Engineering degree from Penn State, the University is certifying that you are capable of performing engineering duties at a professional level. Course grades are the sole basis on which the College of Engineering certifies your degree with the assumption that your course grades are a valid assessment of your own knowledge and abilities. If you have cheated, you have falsified that credential. Therefore, we must have academic3 integrity expectations to ensure the validity of your grade and your degree. It is encouraged, however, to discuss problems solving techniques with classmates in study groups and during office hours. Evidence of academic dishonesty will be dealt with by University Policy 49-20, described at: Unauthorized use of a solutions manual is a deliberately dishonest act. The instructor will follow sanctioning guidelines for all cases of violations of academic integrity, which can be found at Students who are found to be dishonest will be reported to the University's Office of Student Conduct for disciplinary sanctions. Classroom Rules: - No

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