Foundations of Chemical Engineering: Thermodynamics


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Learning Objective:

This is a two week course starting July 22 and ending August 4, 2019
  • Derive and apply thermodynamic relations between thermodynamic potentials.
  • Explain the Second Law of thermodynamics, and apply the concept of entropy in the analysis of reversible and irreversible processes.
  • Apply the properties of phase equilibrium behavior of ideal and non-ideal fluids.
  • Describe the relationship between thermodynamic principles and chemical reaction equilibrium.


Students will evaluate thermodynamics as it relates to chemical engineering. Specifically, students will engage with the relations between thermodynamic equilibria and multiphase systems and apply the first and second laws of thermodynamics to chemical engineering scenarios

Topics Covered:

  • 1st and 2nd Law of thermodynamics
  • Phase equilibrium of ideal and non-ideal fluids
  • Chemical reaction equilibria


ChE 59700 Foundations of Chemical Engineering Mathematics, ChE 59700 Foundations of Chemical Engineering Materials Balances, and ChE 59700 Chemical Engineering Energy Balances

Applied / Theory:

80 / 20

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There will be two homework sets of multiple-choice problems throughout the two-week course. Students should anticipate spending four hours per week per assignment on homework assignments beyond engaging with the lecture and homework tutorial videos. Additionally, students should anticipate spending an additional five to ten minutes engaging in practice problems that are embedded in each lecture.


There will be a fully online mid-term and final exam that will be open for 60 hrs from Friday at 12:00pm EST - Sunday at 11:59pm EST. Students will have one hour to complete the multiple-choice exam


Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes, 4th Edition by R. M. Felder, R. W. Rousseau, and L. G. Bullard. Wiley and Sons, 2016, ISBN: 9781118431221

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