Spring Semester, 1999

MAE 224

Elements of Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

Meets 10:00 AM-10:50 AM, MWF, in Room D221, E.Q. Labs will be in J-209 and J-215 in the E.Q. extension, starting at 1:30 PM. The details of the laboratory arrangements will be finalized on first day of class. A precept time slot, 7:00-9:00 PM is reserved on Thursdays in room D-221 of the E.Q, and this time may be used for multiple purposes. The same class and precept hours should be reserved during reading period for various purposes, including make-up/additional lectures, precepts, reviews, and problem sessions.


Course Outline:

This is a one-time only course designed to supplement the one-time only MAE 223 (The Engine and the Atmosphere) taught in the fall term of 1998. Together, MAE 223-224 substitute for the two regular (normally offered) MAE courses, 221 and 222.

This course includes classical topics from fluid mechanics (Lam) and thermodynamics (Dryer). In addition to lectures and weekly homeworks,  there is a weekly laboratory component (Felton) which requires an end-of-semester project involving experiments. There is one mid-term and one final exam.

Grading: homeworks (30%), mid-term (20%), final (20%), laboratory (30%). Lateness in handing in work will be penalized. Assignments are posted here each Wednesday on this web page, and are to be handed in on or before 5 PM on the next Wednesday.


  • A. Smits, A Physical Introduction to Fluid Mechanics (used in MAE 223).
  • M. J. Moran, H.N. Shapiro, Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodyamics, John Wiley and Sons, NY. 1996.

Lecture Schedule:

Weekly Assignment, Midterm, and Final Policies:

Weekly problem sets will normally be assigned on Wednesday of each class week and will consist of four to six problems.  Problems may be discussed with your classmates and/or peers, but the completed solutions handed in should represent your own singular efforts.  Problems will be graded by an assistant instructor and reviewed by the professor.  TWO problems at random per each problem set will be graded, on a grade point total of 100 per week.  Solution sets for ALL problems will be available no later than seven days after the assignment due date.  Problem sessions will be interspersed throughout the semester.

Your completed problem sets are expected to be turned in to the assigned location on/or before Wednesday of the following week at 5:00 PM.  Each student is permitted one late problem set (no questions asked or grade deductions made) during the course.  Additional late problem sets will only be accepted for credit toward a final grade if received within 48 hours of the original deadline, and in any case a 10 point tardy deduction will be made for every day the problem set is late.  A ZERO grade will be awarded for the problem set if it is not turned in by the end of the following Friday at 5:00 PM.  The total credit received for problem sets (in comparison to the total credit possible if all graded problems are completed correctly) will determine 30% of the final course grade.

There will be one mid-term covering the first six weeks of the course, and one final exam covering the remaining six weeks of the course.  Each exam may be up to two hours long, at the discretion of the instructor.  Each exam will be 20% of the final course grade.


The following procedure should be used in formulating written problem solutions. This same procedure should be followed on the mid-term and final exams:

 1. Start each problem at the top of a new page.
 2. State the problem to be solved, WITH APPROPRIATE SKETCHES OF PROBLEM GEOMETRY, ETC.  For thermodynamic problems, define the thermodynamic system.
 3. State the assumptions to be made in deriving the solution.  If you use previously derived equations, state the assumptions which apply, as well as any reference data and sources of such information.
 4. Clearly formulate the solution as far as possible using equational forms before substituting numerics.
 5. Substitute appropriate numerics, and clearly identify the units of the answer.

If your problem solutions are not completed with clarity equivalent to that achievable by following these procedures, credit may be deducted from your solution by the assistant instructor at their or the instructors' option.